The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," was a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft first flown in 1964. Retired by the U.S. Air Force in 1998, it remains the world's fastest and highest-flying jet aircraft.
Photographer Lyle Jansma started creating 360º views of airplane cockpits in 2005, while volunteering at the Heritage Flight Museum in Bellingham, Washington. After a chance encounter with a visitor in a wheelchair, he realized there was no practical way for the visitor to sit in the cockpit of the Museum’s P-51 Mustang. Jansma tried the next best thing: creating a detailed panoramic photo of the interior. Over time, he improved his technique for creating and sharing 360º cockpit views, and since then the Washington-based photographer has taken his camera to other aircraft collections, including the Museum of Flight, Tillamook Air Museum, Evergreen Air & Space Museum, and the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The images are available on the ACI Cockpit360º App for iPads and iPhones, and now, in this online gallery. Keep visiting the site (airspacemag.com/panorama), as we'll be adding more of Jansma’s cockpit views each week.
Use the controls at the bottom of the frame to navigate or zoom in and out. Click on the full screen icon (far right) for the most detailed view.