LA Speed Check

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An evening pause: The story is being told by Major Brian Shul, USAF (retired), a former SR-71 Blackbird pilot.



  • wayne

    Great story!

    The Major sorta has an Arlo Guthrie ‘thang going on, really enjoyed his delivery.
    – I would love to see this turned into a Folk Song, in that same style.

  • Joe

    Very cool video, big brass ones required to fly that bird!
    I never had a need to ask atc my speed across the ground, flying around in trainers and 172/182’s, you knew the winds and could figure out in your head what the speed should be, if you were to get a briefing from flight service.

  • pzatchok

    Actually got to refuel one of those once. Just once.

    It was a hot pit quick turn and she kept her far engine on.

    She was on the ground fueled and gone again inside of 15 minutes.

  • wayne

    very cool.
    How much fuel do these hold?

  • “We’re showing a little closer to 2000.”

    Game, set, match.

  • wayne

    Good one! -It “sings.”

    I’ll say it again– (in my head) this tale would transmogrify, into an excellent acoustic folk-song type presentation.
    Do we have any musicians out there?

  • wayne

    I’m really liking the Major, big time! (I was totally unaware of him. Highly appreciate this clip!)

    Brian Shul on piloting the SR-71
    November 2016
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    “In this talk at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Vietnam-era attack pilot and retired Air Force major Brian Shul, author of “Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet,” reveals fascinating details of piloting the SR-71.”

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