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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
The author has produced the finest book on an aircraft type that I have ever read. The SR-71 has always been a source of fascination to me. This book is thick with details, and will answer any questions you may have ever had about the Blackbird - plus a whole lot of questions you didn't even know to ask. To the author: nice job, sir!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2013
This is one of my favorite books about aviation, and I have a whole library. Don't miss it. As a former military pilot, I was intrigued by the revelation of its former secrets, written by a former SR-71 pilot who has authored several books about the SR-71. This is his best work.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2013
SR-71: The Complete Illustrated History of the Blackbird, The World's Highest, Fastest Plane by Col. Richard H. Graham is absolutely the best presented and most accurately detailed book ever published about the Blackbird family of planes. Rich Graham includes recently declassified information about the CIA and Air Force Blackbird programs to make his book the most informative source on the subject. Being a veteran of the CIA's A-12 Oxcart program, I can vouch to the accuracy of what Colonel Graham published in this great book about a world of aviation so selective and compartmentalized that even participants in the various Blackbird programs will learn from this book. Colonel Graham has published the "go to" book for our nation's reconnaissance programs involving the Blackbird family of planes.

Thornton D. "TD" Barnes,
Former Area 51 Special Projects
CIA Project OXCART
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
I was fortunate to work on the SR-71 Habu for 17 years, in the Air Force. I was on the maintenance team that maintained the aircraft for it's world-wide missions. I knew Col Graham and most of the contributors that Col Graham listed. If you only buy one book on the SR-71 Program, this is the "go-to" book that tells it all in great detail!!
Col Graham was one of my favorite pilots due to his professionalism, his piloting skills and the way he treated us who got dirty (and fuel-soaked) on a daily basis. Of course, most all of the SR-71 crews possessed these traits. They were and are the Best of the Best. And so was the SR-71.
I highly recommend Col Graham's book to those who love all things aircraft!! Or those who just want a detailed glimpse into the great products Kelly Johnson designed and then produced.
bob olson, SMSgt, USAF, Ret
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
The SR-71 is just possibly the coolest plane ever. My dad is one of the few pilots ever to fly it, and one of the very few remaining. He is in assisted living now and I take it over and read it to him and then we talk about things. It is a great tool for unlocking old memories and just having a really good and meaningful time together. It's chock full of facts that will amaze you and the pictures are wonderful as well. Buy it and find an old pilot to sign it for you. What a gift!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2013
The SR-71 is the greatest aircraft ever built. In 1958 Lockheed went out and designed and built an aircraft that has not been surpassed since. It is one of the greatest marvels of engineering ever flown.

Top Secret during their Air Force career, you can now see some behind the scenes photos of the aircraft in production, testing, and in service.

As the veil of secrecy lowers more and more information and material comes to light, so each new book by SR-71 Instructor Pilot and Commander Rich Graham can show more. Once before I said, if you want to know about something, go out and ask an expert, Rich Graham is that person when it comes to the operations of the SR-71.

A great read, and better, many, many great photos, many never seen before. If you love the Blackbird like I do, it is a must!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
Fascinating book about the Cold War era SR 71 Blackbird. 80,000 plus feet of altitude and mach 3.2! Go figure. Fascinating behind the scenes expose by a man who actually flew the plane. I do not think it could possibly get much better than that. Pretty technical in places for those who can actually understand that type of thing, which leaves me out. I did try, however. Pilots and engineers would probably enjoy that aspect of the book. I was enthralled by the descriptions of intel gathering in China and the former USSR. North Korea and the DMZ, too. Quite interesting. The Cold War is over, thank goodness, but stories like this one will continue to fascinate many people for years to come. And yes, the SR 71 did employ drones. Good book. Well written. Chock full of good photos, too. It purports to be the complete history. From my admittedly limited understanding of the SR 71, I will have to take the author's word for it. I was very happy to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
I wish I had some of the credentials as the other reviewers of this book, but have to say as a casual fan of aviation and the sr-71 in general... This book is awesome! It's packed with the nuggets of insider detail and never drags down into meaningless engineering numbers often associatd with more technical reads. The flow of the book is really nice- taking the reader through al,ost a "day in the life" of an sr-71 mission. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2015
Another book by Richard H Graham. I have read all that he has published on the SR-71 and learn something new from every book. I have not only been fascinated by the SR-71 for years as I watched it take off from Beale on a number of occasions in the 80's, I I have read most everything I can get my hands on. It's so much more interesting to read a book that has been written by someone who by all means, is a "recognized expert" on the subject. I thoroughly enjoyed it !!!!
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on February 9, 2015
The SR-71 was one of the most remarkable planes ever built. Able to fly above 85,000 feet at speeds exceeding Mach-3, it was a peerless reconnaissance plane. Not one was ever lost to hostile action and although, according to the author, they never overflew Russia or China, they flew near enough to gather intelligence and provoke enemy action. There is an interesting piece where a Russian Mig-25 pilot who defected explains the near impossibility of bringing down a SR-71. Of course, the plane's performance meant the air crew was operating in extreme conditions with the ever present possibility of catastrophe. The stunning photographs are a bonus. Most readers will find the welter of technical information slow going. The last part of the book is a disappointing account of the fight to prevent the shut down of the program. It is easy to understand how the participants were invested in the SR-71, but to the neutral reader it is an example of why the defense budget is so difficult to control: every program has its advocates.
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