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Modified Boeing 747 In Refuelling Tests With SR-71

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This photo of a Boeing 747 modified to a tanker configuration conducting a dry refueling hookup test with an Air Force/Lockheed SR-71 Mach 3 long-range reconnaissance aircraft on a flight from Edwards AFB, Calif, appeared on the October 2, 1972 cover of Aviation Week & Space Technology. USAF was making the evaluation to determine the feasibility of using large transport aircraft to fill a future requirement for new tanker aircraft.

See also: SR-71 Pilot Report

► Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history, including viewpoints from the industry's most iconic names and stories that have helped change the shape of the industry.

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Aviation Week & Space Technology marked its centennial in 2016. Here, we highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.

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