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It was extremely intense. SR aircrews trained each other, and they were very demanding of new aircrew members. They did this to insure the new crew could handle any emergency that might occur in this irreplaceable national asset. We had a single simulator, with one front cockpit and one back cockpit, along with instructor stations. It took a room the size of a large house loaded with computers to run the sim.

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SR-71, The Blackbird, Q&A

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. When did you first learn about the SR? Had you been interested in the prior U2 plane? I knew very little about the U-2 and therefore, had not been interested in flying it. What was the purpose of the SR and why was it developed at Area 51? How did it get its name? Did you realize the plane was developed at Area 51 before you flew it? I was completely unaware of Area 51 prior to my association with the Blackbird. Why did they stop using the SR?

Birth of the Blackbird

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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Astronaut Walt Cunningham talks about this book: Higher, farther, faster - what every real aviator aspires to. The SR was the epitome of this dream for three decades. The only way to beat the SR was to rocket into space, and every astronaut in the office with me in the s would have loved to have flown the Blackbird. In many ways it placed greater demand on piloti Astronaut Walt Cunningham talks about this book: Higher, farther, faster - what every real aviator aspires to.

In many ways it placed greater demand on piloting proficiency than any spacecraft.

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Terry's book answers all those questions you ever had about the wonderful challenge of controlling an airplane, flying at 80, feet and more than three times the speed of sound for hours at a time. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. When traveling at thirty-two miles a minute, a wrong turn can result in a detour of several hundred miles--or more--quickly.

Planned turns started miles ahead of the actual event. It was hard work. The plane's design may have been from the future, but its controls were strictly from the s and s, before cockpit computers took over many routine flying chores. SR crews took off knowing their exact longitude and latitude, their precise location on the face of the Earth. An "X" on the ground under the front wheels of the plane's landing gear marked the exact spot. The crews needed to know just where they started to get where they were going.

At an altitude of fifteen miles, there weren't any landmarks. We very seldom had any problems at all. But you could never relax. If you have a problem up there. Others did sometimes have mechanical problems, including number of SR "unstarts," or engine shutdowns in flight. Most Blackbird flights ranged in duration from two and a half to six hours. Some, however, might last as long as ten or twelve hours. One day, the destination may have been the Persian Gulf or Cuba, the next China or Lebanon, all places the planes are known to have operated over in an estimated sixty-five million miles of flying and spying.

On the ground afterward, support crews were warned not to touch the Blackbird for half an hour, until it cooled down. The post-flight inspection checklist included steps.

SR, the Blackbird, Q&A

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Meet Terry Pappas, Ex-NASA and SR-71 Blackbird Pilot

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Skip to main content. Turn off Animations. Turn on Animations. Sign In. Almost Astronauts Almost Astronauts 10 1, Blackbird crews flew to the edge of space, literally faster than a speeding bullet. Even on its way to retirement, the SR set speed records.