Good morning everyone.
Just about everyone has to work for a living, but I’d wager that there aren’t a lot of us that can say that they love their jobs. A great many people, perhaps most of them, do what they have to in order to get by or to get ahead, and tolerate (and sometimes loathe) the necessity of having to do the work that they do. The lucky ones work at jobs that they truly enjoy and look with pride at the fruits of their labours.
Such is the case with the vast majority of people that were associated with the A-12 and SR-71 programs. Rarely, if ever do you hear of someone that worked on the aircraft or programs that complained about how nasty, hard, boring or dangerous their jobs were. Almost universally the people from those programs speak with pride and pleasure about the work they did with the aircraft, and wish that they could do it again.
A case in point is the aircraft pictured above, the last remaining M-21 built by Lockheed and currently on display at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field. At various times during its time on display, people who worked on or with the aircraft have left messages on the forward landing gear door. Some are just signatures with a brief message, others are remembrances of people no longer in this world that flew or worked on the aircraft. All show a large degree of affection for the birds that they knew and loved.
All photographs are by Will Campbell. Thanks for sharing with us!