Another one of my favourite airplanes when I was a kid was always the SR-71 Blackbird. When my friends had Farrah Fawcett posters hanging in their bedrooms, I had an SR-71 poster instead-yes, I was an aviation geek. This photo comes courtesy of Dave Sharratt who took these while on sabbatical in Arizona. Because of the arid climate, the desert in Arizona makes for a perfect place to preserve jets that are not required to be in service but too valuable to destroy for scrap. After 911, many national airlines chose to park their jets here when passenger travel plummeted and they couldn't afford to fly their entire fleet. During the Coldwar, the Russians often negotiated to include military surplus aircraft stored here as part of arms reductions on the grounds that they could easily be brought back into service.
I have to admit, I don't know what this plane is but interesting bird nonetheless. More photos to follow from the airplane graveyard as soon as Dave forwards them to me.