A picture that took years to achieve, due to the sensitive nature of SR-71 operations. Photographers were taken to the side of the runway as 17964 blasted off as it returned to the USA on 18 January 1990. The two Det 4 aircraft returned home after the operation was prematurely terminated. 17964 subsequently joined the Strategic Air Command at Mahoney State Park, to the south of Omaha. The aircraft is the sole exhibit in the Atrium, mounted on a plinth at an angle to add a sense of dimension to the highly impressive museum. Copyright Bob Archer 2006