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LA Speed Check

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

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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

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  • 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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