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FSX SR-71A Blackbird

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) including Steam Edition & Prepar3D (P3D)
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars by 25 PRO members.

This is an update of the Alphasim SR-71A Blackbird for FSX. I have fixed the smoke, done the best I can for now with updating the panel, and updated the flight dynamics a bit. This is the whole aircraft. Bob Chicilo.

Unzip to a folder of your choice.  Copy the aircraft folder to the SimObjects\airplanes folder.  Copy the gauges and effects to the main FS gauges and effects folders.  If you have not already done so, copy the [.cab files] from the B737-800; and the Lear45 panel folders to the main FS gauges folder.  No need to overwrite anything already there.

When you first go into the sim with the aircraft there might be messages asking if you wish to run some of the gauges, say yes, both times, for each gauge.  You only have to do this once for each gauge, no matter how many aircraft use that particular gauge.  Any gauge you get a message saying it was made for fs98, that gauge won't show, and might as well be deleted from the main FS gauges folder.  I mention this so you know for any updates you try by bringing FS9 aircraft into FSX.  Most will be usable, but few will have panels that are completly usable.  One that is completely usable is the A-10 clean, by Mike Stone.  I have included a thumbnail that can be copied to the A-10 texture folder so you can have a picture for the choose the aircraft page.

The light above the radios is the speed brake indicator.

There is a mach meter that comes on when at, or above, mach 0.4; it is below the speed tape on the left of the PDF gauge.  There is a verticle speed gauge to the right of the PDF gauge that has a digital read-out above and below the moving needle when climbing or decending.

The old readme file is included so you know how to get full speed with the flaps controls.  This works at any altitude, not just high altitude.

You can do an approach at 160 knots, or less, with most of the fuel still on board.

I wrote the following about FSX in the update for this aircraft for FS9:  If you switch to the main panel from the virtual panel, the virtual panel is still there in the background and therefore may show up if any part of it is not COMPLETELY covered by the main panel.

This only happens when you are in virtual cockpit view as default view, and switch to the main view.  If you make the 2D cockpit the default view, this does not happen.

Bob Chicilo.


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The archive has 96 files and directories contained within it.

File Contents

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If you’ve ever owned the excellent Aphasim SR-71A Blackbird aircraft created by Bob Chicilo, then you will be very interested in this post. We’ve been a huge fan of Bob’s work for years because he always goes that extra mile to get the aircraft looking, feeling and performing just as it would in the real world.

However, one of his most satisfying abilities is the way that he constantly returns and updates the aircraft when something has been alerted to him, or when a new feature becomes potentially available for use within the flight simulator itself. This new update gives you plenty of help in arranging things up just as they were supposed to be on release, including;

  • Smoke effects and dynamics have been improved and tamed in some cases; the effects are less exaggerated and look far more realistic than before

  • The panels have been improved and updated to, making sure they look JUST like the real thing and carry all of the key hallmarks of the original Blackbird

  • Flight dynamics modified and upgraded to fall truly in line with the real thing; if it was 95% realistic before, it is certainly 100% realistic when using it now!

How to Install

Installing this new version of the package couldn’t be any easier either! If you already have it installed then simply save over the folder. I’d already installed the old one, of course, so it was just a case of rewriting it and getting on with playing around in my new toy in FSX! However, if you are brand new to the package then you will need to;

  1. Unzip the folder inside, and take the SimObjects/airplanes folder that is located inside

  2. Copy all of the effects and gauges to your main FSX gauges and effects folders as well as the .cab files from the B737-800 as well as the Lear45 panel folders into your main FS gauges folders

  3. Now, when you first launch FSX again, you’ll be prompted if you want to make any changes or install any of the new gauges for usage within the simulator – say yes for anything that comes up. Please be aware that if you are trying to any old FS9 mods you might have trouble as some of the panels simply won’t be compatible

Now that you have the software installed and are ready to start flying around the skies, what are you expecting to see? The answers should be fairly simple – something truly epic, of course! – But there are lots of things to consider in the long-term when using this aircraft. For example, it can hit speeds unlike many normal aircraft so you need to be prepared for a bit of pacing when you first starting flying this, otherwise you’ll be spending a lot more time than usual crashing and burning!

Anything you aren’t sure about? Then check out the download folder – it’s loaded with brilliant features and information in PDF guides that will make you the master of the Blackbird in no time at all! 

Adam McEnroe

Adam McEnroe

Adam McEnroe is a flight sim enthusiast who has been simming since the days of FS95. Adam writes all of the download section editorials after testing each of the files.  Adam has extensive knowledge using various flight simulator packages and thoroughly tests the files before writing about them.  Adam also like to fly real-world aircraft in his spare time and is training for his PPL.

Should you wish, you can contact Adam via email at

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Anon.3Wed, 30 Jan 2019 22:11:30 GMT

Nice plane but:

1) There are no VC gauges. 2) The plane will not go above mach 0.5.

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:25:47 GMT

How do you pull the drag chute or can you?

Fri, 26 Dec 2008 14:19:54 GMT
Sun, 03 Aug 2008 19:44:45 GMT
Wed, 21 May 2008 21:31:10 GMT
How do you get the panel from the lear 45 onto the SR-71. I tried copy and pasting.
Sat, 05 Jan 2008 19:24:24 GMT
Nice aircraft, very fast and fun to fly.. but the panel needs a little make over..
Sat, 23 Jun 2007 17:20:11 GMT
This airplane is fast and fun to fly!
Sun, 03 Jun 2007 17:19:34 GMT
what are cab.files
Sun, 15 Apr 2007 10:11:56 GMT
One of the gratest download to fly, but the panel lets it down unfortunatly!
Sat, 14 Apr 2007 17:18:28 GMT
HOW do you pull the parachute!!!!!!! HOW do you ask for air refuel and light the afterburner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fri, 23 Mar 2007 22:25:11 GMT
Doesn't work on FS2004, like just about every other plane for FSX Does. No wheels.
Wed, 21 Mar 2007 06:21:38 GMT
Fun to fly but panel does not work. A little difficult without an ADI or Airspeed indicator.
Sun, 04 Mar 2007 20:54:09 GMT
Love This Plane!!!! Press "L" To Light The Afterburners. To Fix The Panal Problem, I Just Used The Leer 45's, Works Very Well
Fri, 23 Feb 2007 22:25:47 GMT
I love this jet but i am wondering how u can get the panel to work cause again it only works in the vertual cockpet and only some of the panels come up... its happerned to me on some other ones 2... another jet i prefere is the XB-70 Valkire but if u want good stablitty this is the way to go. but again some one plz help me... My online name is Jman1334 try to tell me when i log on...TY Jman1334
Sun, 18 Feb 2007 20:22:36 GMT
I love this plaine. But to answer some of the questions about flying it, follow these steps exactly! 1- fly to 5,000 feet and level out going full throttle. 2- hit 700 knots (true ground speed on GPS) and hold Shift and press f4. (this is the afterburner) 3- Wait till you go 1,400 kts and SLOWLY pitch up to a 15 degree angle of pitch and maintain that degree of pitch until your up about 150,000 feet. (Note: at about 70,000 feet, you should overspeed. This is completely natural and you won't overstress.) 4- Once your at 150,000 feet, level out, and you should be going mach 4.5 or so. 5- Have fun!
Mon, 22 Jan 2007 20:29:45 GMT
I go to about 50,000 feet then stall and drop out of the sky when a real SR-71 can go 125,000+... and how do you lite the afterburners
Sun, 21 Jan 2007 16:51:56 GMT
True, the plane panel only works in 2D cockpit view, however, found the the "mach" will only work, after complete pull in of cone darts (F6), then redeploy (F7 - F8). Slew on this plane runs rampant, but an overall joy to "climb through the roof". Use kneepad frequently to acclimate yourself with nuances of this fantastic bird. Great job Bob!
Thu, 18 Jan 2007 22:07:23 GMT
This plaine is satisfying for the most part, its just that the panel does not work and the only way to navigate is using the guages on the view after pressing W on the main Virt. Cockpit.
Sat, 13 Jan 2007 22:49:18 GMT
Great to fly but sometimes a bit difficult to control
Mon, 08 Jan 2007 23:31:17 GMT
great to fly
Sun, 24 Dec 2006 17:37:50 GMT
Great machine to fly in all respects. Although a few aspects could be better made, still great fun and very satisfying.
Wed, 22 Nov 2006 20:33:35 GMT
Great plane to fly. Panel does not work!!!!!!!

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