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Flying the Sr-71 Blackbird: 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 reconna...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by Zenith Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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I really enjoyed this book. Think of it as a pilot's guide to flying the SR-71. The book itself was pretty formulaic, following the various checklists used by the pilot during pre-flight, take off, aerial refueling, "accell," Mach 3+ flight, "decel," landing, and shut down. Sprinked throughout were anecdotes and revelations of what it was actually like to be a part of the singular group of men who flew the blackbird.

If you want a history of the SR-71 program, or a technical treatise on the plane...more
I am a newbie to reading about aviation, though it didn't long to continually run across the SR-71, the plane born out of the secret Oxcart program in Area 51. Rich Graham, a pilot of the SR-71, provides readers with a how-to-manual of what it is like to fly one of these things. The best part of this book are the sidebars, which provide stories of the crew, as well as little known facts about the airplane. I wouldn't read this book as a straight ahead history of the development of the SR-71, but...more
Irakli Kobiashvili
The bast book about SR-71 with lot of technical and operational details from Colonel Richard H. Graham who as been flying this marvelous aircraft.
Doug Jenkins
A very enjoyable book. The subtitle about a secret operational mission is less the story than the details that went into every mssion. Removing the focus on a specific mission allows you to better experience what was involved in flying the Blackbird. The wonderful detail was a thrill and should whet the appetite of anyone interested in this remarkable plane.
I read the whole book but wasn't able to absorb some of it. It is great for the niche reader who has knowledge of highly technical aircraft data. But for a reader such as me who is knowledgeable about aircraft but not all the high tech stuff, the book is a bit much.
I'm a dork--I loved this book. The writing is only average, but that's probably because Rich Graham is a pilot by trade, not a writer. I loved the abundance of checklists and descriptions that were included, and the meticulous detail and anecdotes.
This was a very interest book. I have some knowledge of the airplane having done a small flight controls research on it for NASA. I did not realize how complicated it was to fly.
Giliar deFries-Perez
Good book and read, very technical. You must have a previous interest on the plane/program and aviation before starting this book, otherwise you'll be bored to tears.
Pretty fascinating read. The plane is really finnicky and the pilots don't just hit the cruise control--they're tweaking everything the whole time.
Lots of pilot detail here. Perfect for them but the lay person can learn a lot too-just skim over the checklists. Not an easy plane to fly.
While it started out interesting it quickly grew into a flight manual and SR-71 facts and figures book.
Amit Tyagi
Not specifically about missions, this one is more focussed towards how to run a mission in terms of aircraft
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Colonel (ret) Richard Graham is the author of three books on the SR-71 Blackbird. He flew this aircraft for seven years and ended up with 756 hours in its cockpit, which makes him the perfect author to write about this Mach 3+ jet. Below is his biography.

Col. Richard Graham graduated from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio in 1964. He received a master's degree in Sociology in 1977 and in Publi...more
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