Flying the SR-71 Blackbird by Richard H. Graham
In the Cockpit on a Secret Operational Mission

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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.


About Richard H. Graham

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Colonel Richard H. Graham (Planto, TX) is an Air Force veteran of fifteen years of assignments within the SR-71 community. Colonel Graham was a command pilot with more than 4,600 military flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with eighteen oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device, and one oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm. Colonel Graham's previous books include Flying the SR-71 Blackbird: In the Cockpit on a Secret Operational Mission, SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends, and SR-71 Revealed: The Inside Story.
Published July 15, 2008 by Zenith Press. 288 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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