OXCART Down! - Searching for the remains of a secret spy plane
By Peter W. Merlin, October 2003


A-12 (60-6926/Article 123) accident investigation documents
Central Intelligence Agency
Langley, VA 1963
(This includes 172 pages of declassified memos, reports, official statements, and teleconference transcripts dating from 24 May 1963 through 21 June 1963)

Crickmore, Paul F.
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Osprey Publishing Ltd.
London, England. 1986

Crickmore, Paul F.
Lockheed SR-71, The Secret Missions Exposed
Osprey Aerospace
London, England 1993

Goodall, James
SR-71 Blackbird
Squadron/Signal Publications
Carrollton, Texas 1995

Goodall, James
SR-71 Blackbird Walk Around
Squadron/Signal Publications
Carrollton, Texas 2003

Goodall, James and Jay Miller
Lockheed's SR-71 "Blackbird" Family
Midland Publishing
Hinckley, England 2002

Graham, Rich
SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends
Motorbooks International
Osceola, WI 2002

Mahood, Tom
The Hunt For 928

McIninch, Thomas P. (pseud. of John Parangosky)
"The OXCART Story"
Studies In Intelligence (Summer 1982)
Central Intelligence Agency
Langley, VA 1982

Miller, Jay
Lockheed SR-71
Aerofax, Inc.
Arlington, Texas. 1985

Miller, Jay
Lockheed's Skunk Works: The First Fifty Years
Aerofax, Inc.
Arlington, TX 1993

Peebles, Curtis
Dark Eagles
Presidio Press
Novato, California 1995

Tuttle, Jim
Eject: The Complete History of U.S. Aircraft Escape Systems
Motorbooks International
Osceola, WI 2002


I wish to thank several people for their support and help during this project. Jeannette Remak and Joe Donoughue provided me with nearly 200 pages of declassified documents on the accident. Tom Kinzel and Eric LeVeque put up with wild goose chases in remote parts of the desert during several expeditions. Special thanks to Jim Goodall for providing Lockheed photos of Article 123. I am very grateful to Joerg Arnu for helping put this web site together.

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