HABU | SR-71 BLACKBIRD
World’s fastest and highest flying aircraft
A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents, but none were lost to enemy action.
On some Pacific Islands, there exists a black venomous pit viper called the Habu. When the SR-71s first flew into their remote base of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, the local people couldn’t help but notice the menacing shape thundering in the sky. The Titanium monster came to be known as Habu, as did the crews that flew her.
SR-71 #974 flew the first operational sortie over Vietnam and went on to become the blackbird who flew the most operational missions.
In recognition of that, a large Habu, wrapped around a red number 1 was painted on the tails of #974.
She became known as “Ichi-Ban” translated to “number one” in the local language.
Alone . Unarmed . Unafraid
There’s an old axiom that reconnaissance pilots fly alone, unarmed, and unafraid. Because of the secrecy of their missions, their names were rarely mentioned. Even so, they battled with courage and pride. We've embraced their heroism and added a red stroke as our fencers go into their duels, ALONE . UNARMED . UNAFRAID
HABU - SR-71 BLACKBIRD ZZ GLOVE
Inspired by the deadly and menacing, the Blackbird SR-71 Glove was created.
Featuring the Ichi-Ban symbol that was painted on the tails of #974 and our iconic ZZUMA features, we capture the deadly and menacing spirit of the aircraft into our gloves.