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SR-71: The Complete Illustrated History of the Blackbird, The World's Highest, Fastest Plane [Hardcover]

Richard H. Graham
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12 May 2013

SR-71 covers every aspect of the SR-71 spy plane's development, manufacture, and active service from the insider's perspective of one its pilots and is lavishly illustrated with more than 200 photos.

At the height of the Cold War in 1964, President Johnson announced a new aircraft dedicated to strategic reconnaissance. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was in service with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998, when it was withdrawn from use. Throughout its thirty-four-year career, the SR-71 was the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft, setting world records for altitude and speed. Twelve of the thirty-two aircraft were destroyed in accidents, but none were ever lost to enemy action.

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane flew more than three-and-a-half times the speed of sound, so fast that no other aircraft could catch it. Above 80,000 feet, its pilots had to wear full-pressure flight suits similar to what was used aboard the space shuttle. Developed by the renowned Lockheed Skunk Works, the SR-71 was an awesome aircraft in every respect, and it took the world by storm. This book covers every aspect of the SR-71's development, manufacture, modification, and active service from the insider's perspective of one its pilots and is lavishly illustrated with more than 200 photos.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press (12 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760343276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760343272
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An exciting and extensive guide to this most spectacular machine'

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About the Author

Colonel Richard H. Graham (Planto, TX) is an Air Force veteran of fifteen years of assignments within the SR-71 community. Colonel Graham was a command pilot with more than 4,600 military flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with eighteen oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device, and one oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm. Colonel Graham's previous books include Flying the SR-71 Blackbird: In the Cockpit on a Secret Operational Mission, SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends, and SR-71 Revealed: The Inside Story.


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5.0 out of 5 stars An a being insight into a secret world 30 Jun 2013
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Col. Richard Graham both flew the SR71 and commanded the squadron giving him a very wide overview of the Blackbird from 1974 through until it was retired from service. Col. Graham has a writing style which imparts a lot of fascinating information yet remains easy to read. Couple this with amazing photographs, some of which have never been published before, and this is a book no Blackbird fan should be without.
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By Slawek
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Very good book showing Blackbird programme from the beginning to the end, with nice pictures, some of them which seem to be from Author collection I did not see before. It also gives you insight into what it meant to be a "Habu", an operational pilot, from the selection process right to flying operational missions. So why 4 stars? I think its 5 stars for anybody who does not know much about Blackbird and that will be the only book he will buy. For me having majority of books availble commercially on the market about Blackbird, most of the data and pictures was already known, and now I look more for something which is new (this is no book or Author fault at all !!!! and I understand the book is for different audience then me). Having all 3 previous Author books, number of stories are repeated (but they are still great!!) Also its 4 stars because comparing it with other sources there are few mistakes as well (like picture description, that row of Blackbirds is shown in Palmdale, when this is in Area 51, like that no possible cause of Jack Weeks dissapearance in A-12 was established when other sources advise that A-12 Birdwatcher system sent few signals before the crash etc.).
To be honest the crown jewel produced by Author in my opinion was his first book SR-71 Revealed. The inside story, where there were very few pictures but he talked you through in very fine fine detail from the very beggining of selection process, through to programme closure, describing in detail process of flying SR-71. I'm still waiting for a book which will describe in fine detail hardware side of maintaining and preparing Habu and its systems for flight/ recovering Blackbird after the mission, doing PMD's etc.
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Great book, Rich Graham's books about the Blackbird provide a wonderful insight into not just what the aircraft was capable of, but also how the plane was flown, the logistics organised, the people, the politics.
Thoroughly recommendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 18 Nov 2013
By G.R
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Brilliant read, lots of stories, facts, pictures, etc. Extremely accomplished author, there's some great interviews with him on youtube, which will give a taste for this book, which are in a similar tone. Probably the best of the books on the SR71 that I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SR71 6 Sep 2013
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A great book as are the others written by R.H.Graham on the same subject. Arrived as always in good time and was well packed. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest
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