Here is your one and possibly only chance to own a genuine piece of titanium skin cut from the fuselage of SR-71A no. 61-7964, also known as "The Bododian Express". This jet was given its nickname after making an emergency landing in Bodo, Norway on 13 Aug 1981 due to an engine malfunction. Only 226 will ever be made.
Our tags were cut from a fuselage panel stamped with the article number 2015, which corresponds to USAF 61-7964. Due to the thermal expansion of the aircraft skin at mach 3+, it wasn't unusual for flown panels to not fit other aircraft if a spare part was needed, and stamping article numbers on these panels helped identify which jet they belonged to. This panel was removed from 964 either for repair or during a depot level overhaul and a new one fitted to the aircraft.
Our tags come in 9 different variants and are priced differently depending on the color of the paint and the rivet detail on the tag. They feature original artwork that is printed in a subdued black ink. PLEASE NOTE: due to the variability of the surface of these tags and the presence of rivets, some tags may feature alternate artwork to accommodate for these surface differences. The "Odd Cut" tags will feature a more limited design and will also come with an etched serial number on the back of the tag. The tags were cut from parts of the panel where factory access holes were cut. The bi-color tags will vary on the amount of red - ranging from roughly 5-10% of the tag being red to nearly 80%. The All red tags may have very small amount of black paint near the edge, but over 90% of the tag is red. The NO STEP* bi-color were cut from the area where the NO STEP stencil was placed.
All tags come with a card back autographed by the pilot who flew the aircraft when it diverted into Bodo, Norway - BC Thomas, who is also the highest timed SR-71 pilot. The cardback pays homage to the mission and also features original newspaper articles covering the diversion into Norway as well as photos from the aircrew.
**Jet-Eyes Aircraft tags is in no way affiliated with Lockheed Martin, the USAF, or any other aircraft manufacturer.**
Warning: Jet-Eyes tags are cut from real aircraft components and skin. These tags are made of and covered in industrial paints and coatings. These materials and coatings can be dangerous and cause harm if inhaled or ingested. Not recommended for small children.