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SR-71 gets a lift

A static SR-71 Blackbird is being lifted at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 23, 2017. The purpose of the lift was to install supports underneath the landing gears to relieve pressure from the tires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

A static SR-71 Blackbird is being lifted at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 23, 2017. The purpose of the lift was to install supports underneath the landing gears to relieve pressure from the tires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Members of 2nd Maintenance Group prepare to lift a static SR-71 Blackbird at the Global Air Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. May 23, 2017. The 2nd Maintenance Squadron Repair and Reclamation Section was in charge the lift with assistance from various shops from the group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Members of 2nd Maintenance Group prepare to lift a static SR-71 Blackbird at the Global Air Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. May 23, 2017. The 2nd Maintenance Squadron Repair and Reclamation Section was in charge the lift with assistance from various shops from the group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

A static SR-71 Blackbird is prepared to be lifted at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 23, 2017. Airmen within the 2nd Maintenance Group use air manifolds to fill the bags underneath the plane with air to lift it off of the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

A static SR-71 Blackbird is prepared to be lifted at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 23, 2017. Airmen within the 2nd Maintenance Group use air manifolds to fill the bags underneath the plane with air to lift it off of the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Airmen from 2nd Maintenance Group use an air manifold during an aircraft lift at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 23, 2017. An air manifold is used to fill bags with air which raise the static aircraft off the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Airmen from 2nd Maintenance Group use an air manifold during an aircraft lift at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 23, 2017. An air manifold is used to fill bags with air which raise the static aircraft off the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Airmen prepare to anchor static SR-71 Blackbird before it is lifted at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. May 23, 2017. The aircraft was anchored to secure it during the lift.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Airmen prepare to anchor static SR-71 Blackbird before it is lifted at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. May 23, 2017. The aircraft was anchored to secure it during the lift.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Airman 1st Class Daniel Munday and Kyle Thomsen, 2nd Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation section journeymen, help strap down a static SR-71 Blackbird at the Global Air Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 23, 2017. The lift gave 2nd Maintenance Group Airmen who needed the necessary training to stay qualified to conduct aircraft lifts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Airman 1st Class Daniel Munday and Kyle Thomsen, 2nd Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation section journeymen, help strap down a static SR-71 Blackbird at the Global Air Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 23, 2017. The lift gave 2nd Maintenance Group Airmen who needed the necessary training to stay qualified to conduct aircraft lifts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- A static SR-71 Blackbird is being lifted at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 23, 2017. The purpose of the lift was to install supports underneath the landing gears to relieve pressure from the tires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

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