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Higher, farther, faster - what every real aviator aspires to. The SR-71 was the epitome of this dream for three decades. The only way to beat the SR-71 was to rocket into space, and every astronaut in the office with me in the 1960s would have loved to have flown the Blackbird. In many ways it placed greater demand on piloting proficiency than any spacecraft. Terry's book answers all those questions you ever had about the wonderful challenge of controlling an airplane, flying at 80,000 feet and more than three times the speed of sound for hours at a time.

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©2012 Terry Pappas (P)2015 Terry Pappas

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  • J Bo
  • 11-11-15

Great in sight on life and times of Blackbird crew

Great story. Good anecdotes with real depth. A bit repetitive at times, but this is more a function of similar questions being asked and answered. Well worth the time investment esp. Pappas allows the casual observer to step into an active duty squadron, and strap into Habu, for a wild ride into aviation history.

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  • Wayne
  • 12-05-16

More please!!!

Great book, great highlights. I'd love to hear Terry's whole story. Please write a book that takes us into his life, his experiences, his victories behind the stick.
I suspect there are some amazing stories out there that the sr71 team needs to cough up before we start to lose that amazing time in the usaf history. These guy are the real RIGHT STUFF. I look forward to more... Please. :-)

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  • joe fallis
  • 02-10-15

Loved it

I was hooked right out of the gate simply amazing couldn't stop rare look into stealth

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  • Lee
  • 24-08-15

Outstanding Story

Very interesting story. Would have been nice to see accompanied photos. Puts you in the minds of the pilots.

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  • AmznMat
  • 06-08-18

If you like the SR-71 you won’t be disappointed

I love this aircraft even though it was retired before I was a teenager. I’m fascinated with hearing stories from pilots and engineers about what it took to design and fly this marvel. This book is in a Q&A format, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

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  • Ryan
  • 18-12-17

fun

this was cool. I would like to hear more about why the sr-71 was classified and would like him to tell if all sr-71 info is unclassified.

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  • T Bryan
  • 05-03-17

SAD

Should still be flying, what a shame to that beaurcrats have no business deciding greatness.

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  • John
  • 04-12-16

Interesting Insight into an Amazing Plane

This relatively short book offers interesting insight into what it was like to fly the SR-71, a truly amazing plane that has never been duplicated. Terry Pappas flew the SR-71, and, interestingly, moved to it from the B-52. This does not seem at first blush like a natural progression, but it becomes more clear when one learns of the importance of repeated in-air refuelings for the SR-71. Pappas had a great deal of experience with those in the B-52.

Not surprisingly, the selection process was difficult and the training grueling. It also does not sound like it would have been much fun wearing the astronaut-like suit necessary to fly the plane. If you are interested in the subject, the book is well worth reading.

The book is in a question and answer format, which Pappas apparently likes. It is OK, but I would have preferred a narrative format. There is also quite a bit of unnecessary repetition, perhaps due to the thought that some readers would just jump to particular questions without having read what appeared earlier in the book.

The narration is good. Chris Abell sounds just like a fighter jock.

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  • Jeff W.
  • 21-06-16

Awesome

Great account of the Blackbird program. Vivid details, gut wrenching scenarios, loved it. Left me wanting more.

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  • C. Kalvin
  • 12-06-16

A One day listening event.

Best aircraft ever built. Will search for more information. A shame the program was decommissioned.