Back in the old days before suite 1 when we were still flying with CAJ tapes on the APG-63 radar doing the lords work with Aim-7's going the merge everyday, there was a bit of an adversarial relationship between the Habu Drivers and the Eagle Drivers at Kadena. The SR-71 would fly from Kadena to places unknown in the Pacific theater. I have to admit, it was an impressive site to see the Blackbird takeoff and then RTB to the pattern many hours later. The locals from Okinawa must have had the Habu's schedule because they would line the fence in hopes of taking a picture of the SR-71 in the pattern at Kadena.
Every couple of years, the 18th TFW would conduct an exercise to intercept the SR-71 on RTB. The Blackbird would descend to 80,000 feet and slow down to mach 3 something to simulate a "high fast flyer." If it went as high and fast as most of us thought it could, we wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of taking a long range face shot on it. The set up would start at over 100nm with Eagles lined up in trail, and we desired to get as close to 180 aspect angle to give the missile a prayer of hacking the intercept. If the Habu driver so much as farted and checked 10 degrees you were done. We would start the intercept about 40,000 feet going over mach 1.5, and then start a fly up to get the dot in the hole and pickle the missile at a pretty good distance. Like Spook would say, "it's all f--king physics boys." If you were luckey enough to get a tally ho, the blackbird actually looked gray in color because the skin had heated up from going so damn fast.
There was a famous picture in the Skoshi Koom (now called Jack's Place) at Kadena of an SR-71 flying over Mount Fuji near Tokyo. Back in the 80's when we had Ronnie as the MFWIC and there was still a cold war brewing, we decided to fire a shot back across the bow of the Habu drivers deployed at Kadena. It was a picture of an Eagle loaded 4 x 4 on the wing of a Bear Bomber we had intercepted from alert at Osan. We hung the picture right next to the SR-71 shot with a quote "It's not Mount Fuji, but we ain't tourists." They took it stride, knowing all too well that they were untouchable!