He was so badly burned that he was given next to no chance to live. Air Force inventory in , the SR was the fastest, highest flying jet aircraft in the world. Instead, he heartily shook our hands and said the commander had told him it was the greatest SR flypast he had ever seen, especially how we had surprised them with such a precise maneuver that could only be described as breathtaking. It is written by one of the few men who piloted the aircraft. A Portrait of Gold , [4] and the Air Force Thunderbirds , in Summer Thunder [5] and contain aerial images which take the reader into the dynamic formations of these world-famous teams. This was an enjoyable view inside the cockpit that made you wish you could have been there.

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Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet

I was introduced to the Habu when I was stationed on Okinawa in the early 80s. One thing the book doesn’t touch on in great detail is the extraordinary journey Shul himself took to get behind the stick of the Blackbird.

It’s costly, but great, if you are into great photography of airshows and, military aircraft. Preview — Sled Driver by Brian Shul.

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We’re closing in on 20 years since the outrageous SR Blackbird made its final flight brisnand many of its speed and altitude records are still intact. There are a limited number of books in print, be on Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


The delightfully detailed accounts of sorties both mundane and exceptional, and the holistic manner in which the author covers the myriad quirks and characteristics nrian this legendary aircraft make this book a must read for aviation enthusiasts everywhere.

It’s always a pleasure to read a book about airplanes written with love. I was, finally, after many humbling months of simulators and study, ahead bran the jet. After giving it some thought, I was reminded of a story that I had never shared before, and relayed the following.

Blew up, was given up for dead. Milestones, mutiny and the mission that paved the way for the Moon landing. Still, I thought, it must be done – in mere seconds we’ll be out of the sector and the opportunity will be lost. You boys have a good one. To ask other readers questions about Sled Driverplease sign up.

SR Blackbird pilot Brian Shul: My life at Mach

A small, select group of men had the privilege bruan flying the SR, chiefly on surveillance missions where its ability to flat-out beian away from fighter planes and surface-to-air missiles gave it a perfect record — none of the 32 built was ever shot down.

He said “I’m really interested in your case, and if I pass you, nobody will question it, because I’m the highest authority in the Air Force. This assignment required an astronaut type physical just to qualify, and Shul passed with no waivers. Start leveling at 17, you don’t wanna overshoot.

Who doesn’t remember the Blackbird from playing cards, movies or cartoons? The guy says, “ok, we’re gonna climb, and I want you to level at 25, subsonic at about knots. The airplane still holds every speed and altitude record.


Brian Shul

Open Preview See a Problem? Oct 19, Ian. Possible swash buckling may be included. He understood that and allowed me that luxury. Noticing our HABU patches, as we stood there with lunch trays in our hands, he asked us to verify to the cadets that such a thing had occurred. He said that some of the cadet’s hats were blown off and the sight of the planform of the plane in full afterburner dropping right in front of them was briaan. As we retired to the equipment room to change from space suits to flight suits, we just sat there—we hadn’t spoken a word since “the pass.

The first paragraph I wrote, I showed it to my girlfriend,and she said “OK, you’ve used the word ‘magnificent’ seven times in the first paragraph. It was a quiet, still day with no wind and partial gray overcast. Shuk you sit in front of a blank computer screen, you’ve got all this excitement about briwn this book.

Walt just shook his head and said, “It was probably just a routine low approach; they’re pretty impressive in that plane.

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