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The World : Generator Halts Spy Plane

October 23, 1987

One of America's most advanced spy planes, a supersonic Blackbird, made an emergency landing at a remote Norwegian air base after electrical system problems developed, military officials said in Oslo. The pilot of the SR-71 radioed Bodoe Air Base in northern Norway late Tuesday requesting permission to land because of generator problems, the Norwegian air force regional commander said. Once on the ground, the two-seat aircraft was moved into a hangar to await a team of technicians flown in from a U.S. air base in Britain. It was the second such landing in Norway this year by a Blackbird.

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