An SR-71 Blackbird Pilot Recounts His Infamous LA Speed Check Story

Air Force pilot Major Brian Shul reminisces about the infamous day he and his co-pilot Walter flew the world’s fastest jet, the SR-71 Blackbird, across the western US while listening in on air traffic control in LA. What unfolded was a classic case of male braggadocio across the airwaves and the formation of an ever lasting bond between co-pilots. The story was told in his book, Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet.    …

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Air Force pilot Major Brian Shul reminisces about the infamous day he and his co-pilot Walter flew the world’s fastest jet, the SR-71 Blackbird, across the western US while listening in on air traffic control in LA. What unfolded was a classic case of male braggadocio across the airwaves and the formation of an ever lasting bond between co-pilots.

The story was told in his book, Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet.

 

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