Physiological Support Division

9th SRW - Beale AFB, California

The following set of 46 Images were taken prior to the record setting New York to London flight in 1974. They show Pilot Major James Sullivan and Reconnaissance System Operator (RSO) Major Noel Widdifield getting suited up by PSD personnel. Images are click to enlarge. Identifying text and procedures under the images is courtesy of Leonard Kania, PSD Technician at Beale AFB, California.

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High Protein Breakfast 
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Updated Briefings
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Pilot Sullivan's Suit
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RSO Widdifield's Suit 
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Primary 
Pressure Suit
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Outer Suit is next
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PSD assists Pilot 
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PSD Assists RSO 
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Oxygen Valves Connected 
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Connections Checked 
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RSO Suit Closed Up
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Pilot Boots Installed 
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RSO Boots Installed 
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Pilot's Boots Zipped 
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Pilot Awaits Helmet Install 
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RSO gets Helmet on and Sealed 
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PSD Assists with Helmet 
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RSO puts on Nylon Gloves 
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RSO Oxygen checks 
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Pilot Oxygen Checks 
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Face Heat and Comm Checks 
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RSO Suit Pressure Checks
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Pilot final 
suit checks 
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PSD Team
Beale AFB
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Pilot James Sullivan 
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Pilot and RSO 
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Pilot and RSO
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RSO Noel Widdifield 
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Habu Crew Sullivan/Widdifield 
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Pre-Breathing Oxygen 
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Ride to the Blackbird 
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Ride to the Blackbird 
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SR-71 Mission Ready 
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Major's Sullivan and Widdifield 
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Crew departs PSD Van
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Boarding 
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Boarding the Blackbird 
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SR-71 Cockpit
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Pilot pre-launch checks 
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Pilot Major Sullivan 
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Ready for 
Engine Start 
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RSO Cockpit 
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RSO Checking systems 
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RSO Ready for launch 
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Taxi out at Beale
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Crew Chief Salutes the Crew

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Caption text under photos by Leonard Kania, PSD Technician at Beale AFB, California. Portions of lead-in text gleaned from Colonel Richard Graham's book, "SR-71 Revealed, The Inside Story" ISBN 0-7603-0122-0. Graham's book can be ordered and autographed by him at this website: http://www.habu.org/graham/

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