Tag: Reconnaissance Systems Officer

How to pee at Mach 3: former SR-71 driver explains how to go to the bathroom while flying the iconic Blackbird
"How about solid waste? We just had to control any urges. There was occasional incidents; no names mentioned here!" Richard H. Graham, SR-71 pilot In the following story, which appears in Col. Richard H. Graham’s book Flying the SR-71 Blackbird, Graham himself explains how you could have a bathroom break while flying the legendary Habu. Bathroom Breaks The most frequently asked question about the pressure...
Read the story of the SR-71 crew that landed their Blackbird in zero visibility
"With no forward visibility from the back seat, my RSO was looking through his viewsight and had picked up the sequence flashing lights beneath the aircraft. It was this bond, or trust I had with him that made me pull the throttle to idle and sit there until I felt the runway," Former SR-71 pilot Lt. Col. Bernie Smith Throughout its...
Former SR-71 Blackbird crew members share their most interesting stories
"You haven't been lost till you've been lost at Mach 3 because for every minute that you don't know where you are, you're 35 miles further away from where you think you're supposed to be!," Frank Stampf, former SR-71 Blackbird RSO The following stories appear in John Altson book The Black Line. Four Concurrent Emergencies on Landing Because SR-71 air refueling was both...
The story of Belmont 86, the SR-71 that made an emergency landing in Norway after spying over Murmansk
"My call sign was 'Belmont 86' and my transmissions to approach control were something like this: 'Bodø Approach, Belmont 86, six-zero miles west, declaring an in-flight emergency, request straight-in approach to land on runway zero seven.' 'Belmont 86, say aircraft type, nature of emergency, souls-on-board, and fuel remaining.' 'Bodø Approach, Belmont 86, US Air Force Tactical, engine problem, 2...