SR-71 Blackbird

Brian Shul (pictured below), USAF fighter pilot and a retired Major in the United States Air Force. Shul flew 212 combat missions was shot down and very badly burned near the end of the Vietnam war. Surviving, he returned to full flight status, flying the legendary SR-71 Blackbird.

The SR-71 (also known as the Blackbird) was an advanced, long-range, high altitude, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft serving within the U.S. Airforce from 1964 to 1998.

A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents, but none lost to enemy action. If a surface-to-air missile launch was detected by the onboard radar, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile.

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