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Tag: KC-135Q

Lieutenant Colonel Ben Bowles, first SR-71 pilot to reach 900 hours, has passed away
Lieutenant Colonel Ben Bowles was awarded the Air Medal and two Distinguished Flying Crosses one of which for saving SR-71 #960. Former SR-71 pilot Lieutenant Colonel Ben Bowles has passed away on Jun. 1, 2019. He was born on Jan. 14, 1932. As one of the first five pilots to...
Join this SR-71 Blackbird driver for a top secret recoinnassance mission over North Korea
“The nose section was gone just forward of the cockpit and the canopy had caved in on me. I thought, 'I'm inside the KC-135Q; death is imminent!',” Maj Buddy Brown former SR-71 pilot. The SR-71 would be a very short-ranged aircraft were it not for air refuelling, limited to around 2,000 NM. Multiple...
That time an SR-71 had an inflight emergency while on a secret mission over the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War
"We had no viable emergency airfields, and I did not want to be a no-notice, no–flight plan, single-engine emergency arrival at David Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, especially since the Israeli government had not been informed in advance about the mission," Jim Wilson, SR-71 pilot Throughout its nearly 24-year career, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3-strategic reconnaissance aircraft remained the world’s fastest and...
Join this SR-71 Blackbird driver for a top secret recoinnassance mission over North Korea
"We had to refuel right after takeoff for only one reason, and it wasn't because we leaked JP-7 fuel on the ground..." Col. Richard H. Graham, former SR-71 Blackbird pilot The SR-71 would be a very short-ranged aircraft were it not for air refueling, limited to around 2,000 NM. Multiple air refuelings extended the range of the aircraft to the...

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