Flying the SR-71 Blackbird by Richard H. Graham & Jay K. Miller

Flying the SR-71 Blackbird

By Richard H. Graham & Jay K. Miller

  • Release Date: 2008-07-15
  • Genre: Military
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For 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.


  • Great, Amazing read!

    By Kyleschreiber73
    The only way this book could have been better is if it were longer. For starters, you will not find a book with more detail regarding this amazing aircraft. The author goes through every stage of flight and within that every checklist, every switch, along with the reason and meaning behind each step. Every possible stage of flight for the SR-71 was explained in great detail. In addition, the author also gives examples from his own experience along with some very interesting stories. Anyone who is an aviation enthusiast, military guru, or into engineering must read this book.