Richard graham sr 71 pilot
Flying the SR-71 Blackbird: In the Cockpit on a Secret Operational Mission by Richard H. GrahamFor anyone who has ever wondered what its like to fly the SR-71 on a secret Mach 3 reconnaissance mission, this book has the answer. Flying the SR-71 Blackbird takes readers along on an operational mission that only a few Air Force pilots have ever experienced.
The Lockheed SR-71, unofficially known as the Blackbird, was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed by Lockheed Skunk Works. The aircraft flew so fast and high that not one was ever shot down, even by a missile. SR-71 pilot and instructor Colonel Richard Graham offers a rare cockpit perspective on how regular Air Force pilots and navigators transformed themselves into SR-71 Blackbird crews, turning their unique aviation talents to account in an unprecedented way.
Arguably the worlds foremost expert on piloting the Blackbird, Graham details, as no one else could, what an SR-71 mission entails, from donning a pressure suit to returning to base.
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Great Gift! Although the development of the SR began over fifty years ago, the iconic blackbird still looks like a futuristic spaceship. At an altitude of 88, feet and wearing pressure suits, its pilots, looking down at the curvature of the Earth from far above any other aircraft, certainly experienced some of what it was like to be an astronaut. The SR had an unrefueled range of 3, miles, and its two Pratt and Whitney J58 turbojets generated 60, pounds of thrust while guzzling 8, gallons of fuel per hour. Developed by the renowned Lockheed Skunk Works, the aircraft used cutting-edge technology to cope with the high speeds, altitudes, and temperatures to which it was subjected while its cameras took high-resolution images of multiple targets.
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News Published: Mar 16, He fondly recalls that at the time no one could keep up with the legendary plane, which has held the record for the fastest manned aircraft since It entered service in the United States Air Force in and was finally retired in
Upon completion of F-4 fighter training, he flew combat missions over North Vietnam and Laos from He flew the SR for the next seven years, amassing hours in the worlds fastest and highest flying aircraft. In June of , he was assigned to the Pentagon to work in Programs and Resources as a strategic force programmer. In he was promoted to colonel and selected to work in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, working closely on budgetary matters with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Air Staff. In June of he was selected to be the 9th Wing Commander. During his 25 years of service, he amassed 4, hours, retiring from the Air Force in