This aircraft was reportedly in poor condition and rapidly deteriorating. The titanium airframe was not reacting well in the salt water and wind environment of the lower Hudson River basin where the Intrepid is located. Sadly, it seemed that neither the Intrepid Museum or the USAF Museum (who actually owns this Blackbird) seem concerned enough about this historic bird to do anything to prevent any further deterioration. But in the late 2000's, while the Intrepid was moved to dry dock for a refit, the Blackbird was given a complete refurbishment and a new paint job. The aircraft is back on display and once again is the most popular aircraft in the collection aboard the Intrepid.