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SR-71 Revealed: The Inside Story

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Put your pressure suit on and strap yourself in for a Mach 3 ride! Former SR-71 Wing Commander Rich Graham tells the amazing inside story of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Graham provides a detailed look at the entire SR-71 story beginning with his application to be an SR pilot through commanding an entire wing.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 7th 1996 by Zenith Press
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Alex Yalen
As it happens, I am doing research on this vehicle, and I found this first-person account of flying it to be generally useful. I wouldn't say it's the most dramatic or compelling read for people who aren't into aerial reconnoissance, but it is chock full of technical details and information that would otherwise be pretty hard to come by.
Ajay Sant
An aircraft that flew faster then a rifle bullet!!!

Indeed a very detailed insights into one the best aircrafts ever to be designed and flown. In terms of uniqueness the aircrafts outperforms all be it the special titanium structure designed to withstand high temperatures of sustained supersonic flights to the very special JP-7 fuel. It was the worlds first stealth aircraft which still holds the all major speed and altitude records for air breathing aircrafts.

Must read for anyone interested in m
Oct 24, 2007 Christine rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ex-military with egos the size of warcraft of choice
Shelves: gave-up-trying
An ex-co-worker lent me his copy, espousing that it was a really interesting read.

At the time, my reaction was, "This is some glorified egotrip of a person who thinks really well of himself just because he flew in a can that was top secret and superfast. And he thinks that the men (they were all male) who lived the fast life in their little group really lived great times."

I didn't get past the first few chapters, returned it, and when I was invited to attend a talk by the author (from same co-w
(the english traslation of my review is below)
Le missioni dell'SR-71 viste da "dentro": la preparazione, i possibili problemi tecnici e molto altro.

Particolarmente interessante, secondo me, il capitolosulla decisione - puramente politica - di mettere a terra i Blackbird

The operations of the SR-71 seen "from the inside": planning, possible technical problems and the like.

I find expecially interesting the chapter about the political decision to ground the Blackbird fleet.
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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
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