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on September 17, 2000
Col Graham has written an informative book about the SR-71: the plane, the program and the pilots. He wrote with passion, even though some of the prose is formless. The chapter about the technical aspects of the SR-71 is the most detailed I have ever seen. The book begins with a introduction to the selection and training of crews, follwed with technical info on the plane and subsystems. The book finished with a detailed narrative of a typical SR mission. The book is littered with snippets about the SR-71 and its crews. The book closes with an account of the termination of the SR-71 program. Some of the arguments are not coherant, and are overly critical of SR opponants, but the main thrust is the SR-71 filled a niche that no other recon platform could. Col Graham notes that if the SR had been flying during the Gulf War, it would still be flying today. This shows the real value of the SR-71. It is most useful in times of crisis. If you are not an SR fan, this book will make you long to be a "Habu". Overall I enjoyed this book, although some of the tales of Air Force days of old could have been left out. Good work Colonel!
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