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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Sled Driver by Brian Shul. Nicknamed "The Sled" by those few who flew it, the aircraft was shrouded in secrecy from its inception. Entering the U. Air Force inventory in , the SR was the fastest, highest flying jet aircraft in the world.
Now for the first time, a Blackbird pilot shares his unique experience of what it was like to fly this legend of aviation history. Get A Copy.
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James Brady These are very limited edition, highly sought after books. See 2 questions about Sled Driver…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Shelves: science , art-aesthetics , politics , design. As we were chatting Chuck Yeager was cruising 30, ft. How is cool is that? This is the definitive photo album of the SR If you can't tell, I admire him a great deal. Read it. View 2 comments. Aug 26, Nick Bennett rated it really liked it.
Found a. Excellent "you are there" photography, with well-written supporting text. SR's or "Sleds" as the author calls them sound like a hell of a lot of fun to fly, and as privileged an experience as being an astronaut. Not far off, actually. After seeing the SR Blackbird at an airshow in the 80s, this plane has fascinated me. First hand experience told by pilot Brian Shul is a riveting account of training and flying this marvel. There are many photos as well.
Short but well worth the read. Apr 14, Christian rated it really liked it Shelves: experiential. Sled driver is about flying the SR71 Blackbird. The world's fastest jet. This is an amazingly compelling read. It is like waking up one morning and suddenly finding you can read a new language Miss a turn by a second or two, and you are in a completely different state. Flying more than a thousand miles an hour. The numbers they banter about in this book are simply incomprehensible, but the anecd Sled driver is about flying the SR71 Blackbird.
The numbers they banter about in this book are simply incomprehensible, but the anecdotes the numbers are contained within are amazing, amusing, and several other alliterative verbs. This is a book for anyone who likes to marvel. Jan 27, Richard Mcdermott added it. Unbelievable read. Only 32 of these engineering marvels were built and only pilots ever drove the Sled.
One of them, an SRB is housed in the air museum in Kalamazoo. You can walk up to it and touch it. I read the book once, then read it again the n Unbelievable read. I read the book once, then read it again the next day. Hard to find this book. It is out of print. Sep 28, Richard rated it it was amazing. This book gets five stars just for the incredible discipline and skill necessary to fly this airplane. Out of print, so far as I know?
Find a copy, if you have any interest in aviation. Major Shul, hats off and a sincere salute to you, from a far less talented, less accomplished airman. Feb 18, Kamas Kirian rated it it was amazing Shelves: military , non-fiction , aviation.
The photography is wonderful. Seeing the plane in flight, and the views available to the pilot, is like nothing else. The story of what it's like to fly this magnificent jet is also compelling. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the SR Oct 15, Kevin Goodrich rated it really liked it. I was introduced to the Habu when I was stationed on Okinawa in the early 80s.
I loved watching the big bird land with the bright scarlet parachute behind. The pilots were legendary. This was an enjoyable view inside the cockpit that made you wish you could have been there.
Oct 19, Ian. Great book for military plane fans. Who doesn't remember the Blackbird from playing cards, movies or cartoons? The whole book is written from the perspective of the jet pilot who flew the plane over many years and created a true bond with this beauty. Nice detailed descriptions of the joys and challenges the pilots had when flying the world's fastest aircraft that has ever been built to date.
Another really interesting aspect was the relation with the co-pilot who controlled all the navigatio Great book for military plane fans. Another really interesting aspect was the relation with the co-pilot who controlled all the navigation and sensor equipment, defensive systems etc. As the pilot put it: "During four years of sharing a myriad of emotions with the jet and each other, we formed a bond of mutual respect and friendship that will last the rest of our lives.
Walt used to say that we lasted longer together than most marriages". Haven't seen a Blackbird with my own eyes, but I'm happy that I've seen Lockheed A on board of the aircraft carrier Intrepid.
A was a single-seat reconnaissance aircraft which led to the twin-seat YF prototype interceptor aircraft. The latter was the basis for SR or Blackbird. Dec 26, Joseph Simmons rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography , history , war. The Blackbird is a beautifully moving piece of technology. I like to think of myself as a technology person, but really that just means computers.
SR-71 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul: My life at Mach 3.5
He flew combat missions and was shot down near the end of the war. He was so badly burned that he was given next to no chance to live. Surviving, he returned to full flight status, flying the SR Blackbird. Major Shul completed a year career in the Air Force.
ISBN 13: 9780929823089
Shot down and burned half to death over Cambodia, he worked his way back to the top of the game, eventually flying the most extreme aircraft ever built. We're closing in on 20 years since the outrageous SR Blackbird made its final flight in , and many of its speed and altitude records are still intact. Until the SR finally flies sometime in the s , the Blackbird will remain the most extreme aircraft ever flown by man, doing three and a half times the speed of sound and hitting a maximum altitude of over 85, ft; the pilots had to wear space suits to handle such heights. A small, select group of men had the privilege of flying the SR, chiefly on surveillance missions where its ability to flat-out run away from fighter planes and surface-to-air missiles gave it a perfect record — none of the 32 built was ever shot down. And of this small group of pilots, one stands out — not for his flying skills, but as a superb storyteller. You've probably already read Brian Shul's hilarious story about trolling a fighter pilot with ground speed tower checks , and maybe you've also heard about the slowest SR flyover ever attempted. Both are terrific, go read them if you haven't.
Sled Driver: Flying the World's Fastest Jet
“Sled Driver” – Brian Shul