Blackbird on high

I finally finished a fantastic (if long) interview of a former SR-71 Blackbird pilot, Rick McCrary.  There's a lot of interesting information in there, from what the suits were like, to some vague performance descriptions of the plane (able to sustain full afterburner for over an hour, took off with half-load of fuel and immediately refueled before getting to altitude, etc), to info about the selection and training of pilots.  It also has some really neat pictures, along with some fascinating anecdotes.  One, in particular, got me curious, as it described an emergency landing at a remote (packed-ice runway) airfield in Norway; how did it stay so secret with incidents like this?

Anyway, I'm probably selling it short; if you have any interest in aviation, give it a read.

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