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An oldie but a goodie. SR-71 Pilots There were a lot of things we couldn't do in an SR-71, but ...




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An oldie but a goodie.


SR-71 Pilots

There were a lot of things we couldn't do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding
our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun would
not be the first word I would use to describe flying this plane. Intense, maybe. Even cerebral. But there was one day
in our Sled experience when we would have to say that it was pure fun to be the fastest guys out there, at least for a
moment.

It occurred when Walt and I were flying our final training sortie. We needed 100 hours in the jet to complete our
training and attain Mission Ready status. Somewhere over Colorado we had passed the century mark. We had made the
turn in Arizona and the jet was performing flawlessly. My gauges were wired in the front seat and we were starting to
feel pretty good about ourselves, not only because we would soon be flying real missions but because we had gained a
great deal of confidence in the plane in the past ten months. Ripping across the barren deserts 80,000 feet below
us, I could already see the coast of California from the Arizona border. I was, finally, after many humbling months
of simulators and study, ahead of the jet.

I was beginning to feel a bit sorry for Walter in the back seat. There he was, with no really good view of the
incredible sights before us, tasked with monitoring four different radios. This was good practice for him for when we
began flying real missions, when a priority transmission from headquarters could be vital. It had been difficult,
too, for me to relinquish control of the radios, as during my entire flying career I had controlled my own
transmissions. But it was part of the division of duties in this plane and I had adjusted to it. I still insisted on
talking on the radio while we were on the ground, however.

Walt was so good at many things, but he couldn't match my expertise at sounding smooth on the radios, a skill that had
been honed sharply with years in fighter squadrons where the slightest radio miscue was grounds for beheading. He
understood that and allowed me that luxury. Just to get a sense of what Walt had to contend with, I pulled the radio
toggle switches and monitored the frequencies along with him. The predominant radio chatter was from Los Angeles
Center, far below us, controlling daily traffic in their sector. While they had us on their scope (albeit briefly),
we were in uncontrolled airspace and normally would not talk to them unless we needed to descend into their airspace.

We listened as the shaky voice of a lone Cessna pilot asked Center for a readout of his ground speed.60
Center replied: "November Charlie 175, I'm showing you at ninety knots on the ground."

Now the thing to understand about Center controllers, was that whether they were talking to a rookie pilot in a
Cessna, or to Air Force One, they always spoke in the exact same, calm, deep, professional, tone that made one feel
important. I referred to it as the "HoustonCenterVoice." I have always felt that after years of seeing documentaries on
this country's space program and listening to the calm and distinct voice of the HoustonCenterControllers, that all
other controllers since then wanted to sound like that... and that they basically did. And it didn't matter what
sector of the country we would be flying in, it always seemed like the same guy was talking. Over the years that
tone of voice had become somewhat of a comforting sound to pilots everywhere. Conversely, over the years, pilots always
wanted to ensure that, when transmitting, they sounded like Chuck Yeager, or at least like John Wayne. Better to die
than sound bad on the radios.

Just moments after the Cessna's inquiry, a Twin Beech piped up on frequency, in a rather superior tone, asking for his
ground speed.

"Ah, Twin Beach: I have you at one hundred and twenty-five knots of ground speed."

Boy, I thought, the Beechcraft really must think he is dazzling his Cessna brethren.

Then out of the blue, a Navy F-18 pilot out of NAS Lemoore came up on frequency. You knew right away it was a Navy jock
because he sounded very cool on the radios.

"Center, Dusty 52 ground speed check."

Before Center could reply, I'm thinking to myself, hey, Dusty 52 has a ground speed indicator in that million dollar
cockpit, so why is he asking Center for a readout? Then I got it -- ol' Dusty here is making sure that every bug
smasher from Mount Whitney to the Mojave knows what true speed is. He's the fastest dude in the valley today, and he
just wants everyone to know how much fun he is having in his new Hornet.

And the reply, always with that same, calm, voice, with more distinct alliteration than emotion:

"Dusty 52, Center, we have you at 620 on the ground."

And I thought to myself, is this a ripe situation, or what? As my hand instinctively reached for the mic button, I had
to remind myself that Walt was in control of the radios. Still, I thought, it must be done -- in mere seconds we'll
be out of the sector and the opportunity will be lost. That Hornet must die, and die now.

I thought about all of our Sim training and how important it was that we developed well as a crew and knew that to jump
in on the radios now would destroy the integrity of all that we had worked toward becoming. I was torn. Somewhere, 13
miles above Arizona, there was a pilot screaming inside his space helmet.

Then, I heard it. The click of the mic button from the back seat. That was the very moment that I knew Walter and I had
become a crew. Very professionally, and with no emotion, Walter spoke: "Los Angeles Center, Aspen 20, can you give us
a ground speed check?"

There was no hesitation, and the reply came as if was an everyday request: "Aspen 20, I show you at one thousand
eight hundred and forty-two knots, across the ground."

I think it was the forty-two knots that I liked the best, so accurate and proud was Center to deliver that information
without hesitation, and you just knew he was smiling. But the precise point at which I knew that Walt and I were going
to be really good friends for a long time was when he keyed the mic once again to say, in his most fighter-pilot-like
voice: "Ah, Center, much thanks. We're showing closer to nineteen hundred on the money."

For a moment Walter was a god. And we finally heard a little crack in the armor of the HoustonCenterVoice, when L.A. came
back with, "Roger that Aspen, Your equipment is probably more accurate than ours. You boys have a good one."

It all had lasted for just moments, but in that short, memorable sprint across the southwest, the Navy had been
flamed, all mortal airplanes on freq were forced to bow before the King of Speed, and more importantly, Walter and I
had crossed the threshold of being a crew. A fine day's work.

We never heard another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast. For just one day, it truly was fun
being the fastest guys out there.

Written by Brian Shul, from his book Sled Driver.


Bill.

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ive read that before. i cant imagine going that fast, sure would be fun
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Great post!
For years if I could have a wish it would have been to take a ride in one of those.





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One of my favorite stories....



Thanks, Bill.
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do they come in red?
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do they come in red?
Yes, but the red one's are slower.

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read it before...and it reaffirms that I want to get in one of those things!


read it again, now I have a big smile
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Yes, but the red one's are slower.

Bill.
Actually, they start out black but start turning red when they reach speed.

So, the question is do they start turning red because they are going fast or do they go fast because they start turning red? Either way, it seems to settle the argument once and for all. If anything can go fast enough it will eventually turn red. It's hard to argue with solid scientific proof like this.
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Actually, they start out black but start turning red when they reach speed.

So, the question is do they start turning red because they are going fast or do they go fast because they start turning red? Either way, it seems to settle the argument once and for all. If anything can go fast enough it will eventually turn red. It's hard to argue with solid scientific proof like this.
If they were able to go really fast, they would turn YELLOW.
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