SR - 71 BLACKBIRD : Lockheed's Mach 3 Hot Shot
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|Book cover finish||Offset varnish, Perfect paperback|
|Special features||Dedicated copy, Reprinted Winter 1988|
|Number of pages||128|
|Collection / Series||Osprey Colour Series|
|Size||21 x 27 x 1 cm|
|Author||Paul F. Crickmore|
|Editor||Osprey Publishing Limited|
First flown from Palmdale, California, on December 22nd, 1964, by Lockheed experimental test pilot Robert J. Gilliland, the SR - 71 strategic reconnaissance aircraft has captured the imagination of aviation professionals and enthusiast alike since the existence of " Senior Crown " - Strategic Air Command's codename for SR - 71 programme - was revealed by an electioneering President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 25th of that same year.
( ... ) SR - 71 BLACKBIRD - LOCKHEED'S Mach 3 Hot Shot is a follow - up to the author's hugely successful LOCKHEED SR - 71 BLACKBIRD ( ISBN 0 - 85045 - 653 - 3 ) in the Osprey Air Combat series, first published in October 1986. If you would like to know the full story of the SR - 71 and its predecessors this author's 200 - page Air Combat volume, illustrated with over 160 black and white photographs and 12 photographs in full colour, is without doubt the standard work on the subject. ( ... )
During his 13 years at the London Air Traffic Control Centre, Paul F. Crickmore gained his pilot's license and flew in KC - 135 tankers refueling fighter and bomber aircraft. Flying has shown him the full spectrum, supersonic in a R.A.F. Lightning, a four ship with the British Red Arrow team, D.A.C. with F - 16's, F - 4's low over the Nevada desert, and C - 130 transports. Rotor wing experience includes Blackhawks, HH - 53's, Wessexs, Gazelles, Wasps, Lynx and Army Chinooks.
In October 1981, he was granted a special security clearance to fly in a KC - 135Q tanker during the operational refueling of an SR - 71 " Habu " from R.A.F. Mildenhall ( Suffolk, England ). This gave him a unique access into a world usually hidden from non - programme members.
Since that flight, Paul F. Crickmore has written many articles and 13 books about military aviation matters, but his first love is as the recognized author extraordinaire on the SR - 71 and A - 12. His remarkable chronicling is recognized by the Blackbird community as the master documenter of the history, legacy and lore of these incredible programmes.
( source : Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum )