SR-71 Pilot and prior Commander of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB in California, Colonel Richard Graham presents his 3rd in depth book on the SR-71. You can step into the cockpit and see what it is like to fly the famous Blackbird on a combat mission. Included in the book is the previously classified pilot's checklist. If you love to fly, you will find this book detailed and  humorous but most of all concise and accurate from one of the most respected leaders of the Blackbird family. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to help restore the  SR-71 simulator to operational status. The Sim is located at  the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas. Yes, perhaps eventually you will be able to climb into the cockpit and Sim fly the famous Blackbird. It just doesn't get any better than this. Purchase the book; enjoy the read; then feel confident your purchase has helped establish a precedent for future generations. 

Leland Haynes, Webmaster, SR-71 Blackbirds

Colonel Graham is attending the Duxford Air Museum in the UK on October 5th to sign copies of this title, an event not to be missed as it comes with a Q&A session as well!


Book Synopsis

            “It all begins with a desire,” writes author Col. Richard Graham in the first chapter of Flying the SR-71 Blackbird, “a desire to fly the world’s most secretive, highest and fastest plane.”  For anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to fly the SR-71 on a secret Mach 3 reconnaissance mission, this book has the answers.  Flying the SR-71 Blackbird: In the Cockpit on a Secret Operational Mission takes readers on an operational mission that only a few U.S. Air Force pilots have ever experienced.  Col. Graham offers a rare cockpit perspective on how regular Air Force pilots and navigators transformed themselves into SR-71 Blackbird crews, turning their unique aviation talents to account in an unprecedented way.  The hardcover book is 288 pages and includes color pictures, diagrams and the first book printing of the SR-71 pilot's checklist."

            Autographed copies of the books can be purchased directly from Rich Graham.  The book is $29.00 ($30.15 Texas residences) and includes postage.  Send a check to Richard Graham, 3501 Hearst Castle Way , Plano , TX 75025 for the book.  Be sure to include who to autograph the book to and a return mailing address. 


If you missed the other two books Colonel Richard Graham (Ret) has written on the SR-71 Blackbirds, here is the links to preview those books:

"SR-71 Revealed; The Inside Story"

"SR-71 Blackbird; Stories, Tales and Legends"


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