Major Brian Shul, USAF (Ret.) SR-71 Blackbird 'Speed Check'
Major Brian Shul USAF Ret SR 71 Blackbird Speed Check

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Major Brian Shul relays the true story of a ground speed check with Los Angeles Center, while piloting the SR-71 Blackbird over Southern California. Hiller Aviation Museum San Carlos Airport San Carlos, CA 30. December 2016


SV Wingman : I'm a former Navy pilot and even I love that story. There was no equal to the Blackbird.

mach 6 : "The king of speed lived, the Navy had been flamed and a crew had been formed that day." Lol 😂😂

Kabuki Kitsune : What he leaves out: "At that moment, you know a Navy pilot died inside..."

Kevin O : ISS to LA center, you got a ground speed for us? LA center to ISS, we've got you at 15,000 knots, that's one five zero zero zero across the ground :D

Him Bike : SR-71 skin is made out of titanium. My bicycle is made out of titanium. Yes I’m 12

Beemerboy324 : An SR 71 driver doing stand-up. I definitely had never thought I would see that. Fun story.

Ron Merkus : Know what would be funny if the space shuttle was entering and they called out a ground speed!!!!

Micah Philson : This is just like when someone from the ISS called in to Car Talk. "This is John from Houston. I drive a government vehicle, and twice, it's done this weird thing. It starts shaking for about 2 minutes, then runs smooth for about 6 1/2 minutes, and at that point, engine dies." (later) "Where are you calling from?" "I'm, uh, about 200 miles north of Hawaii." "How fast are you going?" "Oh, about 17,500 mph!"

say jack13 : People on here really don't understand how high 89,000ft is. Your looking over the curvature of the earth.

Cole McLeod : Brian Shul's impersonation of air traffic controllers is dead-on. Great comic talent.

John Hennessy : Funny, 98% of the audience looked like guilty Cessna 150 pilots...

Danny Rice : That's 2292.353 miles per hour for anyone asking. That's amazing and I came here from other videos to tell others so.

MrTeckhead93 : This is by far my favorite aviation video on YouTube.

Nia the Gulf Gypsy : The Blackbird is and always will be, the most beautiful bird I've ever seen. Respect and appreciation to all those fly those birds and all those who keep them safe and in the air!!

FPVREVIEWS : that's mach 2.987 nice.

Psittac20 : Every now and then, when I need a solid smile on my face, I look for this story. It's a good one

Al s : Top speed for my Dad was 237 MPH B17 WWII

Crazystuffyousee : The "true" speed of the SR-71 has never been revealed. To claim only Mach 3 for this plane is a joke..... Even his little round about "training" exercise calculates to well over 2000 mph as they maneuvered over the western states. Freaking AWESOME.

Stanley Denning : From Moscow Idaho to Joplin Missouri is 1,833 miles. It took me three days to make the trpin a car . About 64 hours. In a SR71. 55 minutes. Wow !

Derek Frankovich : The navy must die lol

BIlly The Kid : What’s up Doc? You making a right turn in Albuquerque?... lol

Life with a BlueTick Coonhound : This Story is the best story I have ever heard. I thought there was no humor left in the military. That it was driven out during basic training.

Sheepdog Smokey : My JROTC Col got buzzed by the SR71 once, after he got the letter saying it was de-classified, he said, and I quote "I really hate debriefings."

Ryan Harris : plane "fast?" "fast" Plane "Fast?" "Fast" PLANE "FAST?" "FAST" *PLANE "fast?" "fast"*

Dj265Nav : I have had the pleasure of hearing Maj. Shul speak as an AFROTC cadet at The Ohio State University and again at Kessler AFB. He is an inspiration that I have pointed many people, both military and civilian, to look up to hear his story. To add an SR-71 story, as an Instructor at the navigator school house at Mather AFB, it was 0100 and all was quite on the radio and a call comes into Seattle Center. "Seattle Center, Aspen 30, request Flight Level 600." There was a slight delay from Seattle Center, then they responded, "Aspen 30, Seattle Center, if you can get there you are cleared to FL600." "Seattle Center, Aspen 30, Roger, descending to FL600." There were 12 navigator students that morning who realized Aspen 30 was an SR-71 coming back from a mission and it was an awesome motivator. (NOTE: Used Aspen 30 only because there are to many years between then and now to recall the actual call sign.)

alan bauman : Actually - This is a true story - its not urban legend - I know because I WAS THAT HORNET PILOT! I was having fun - after hearing the first two aircraft ask for a ground speed check - I had previously caught a glimpse of the Habu on radar a few seconds before at Mach 2.9 and 72,000ft - and Vc (closure) of 2200Knts I figured he was probably up some special frequency but I figured I could entice him into a ground speed check if I asked for one first - so I did. Sure enough - he did. So even though he kicked my ass airspeed wise - I was able to get him to do what I wanted. No - I don't remember the final comment "closer to 2,000" so that might have been some embellishment. I also remember noting that he was in and out of my LAR (launch acceptability region) that there was no possible way of sticking him with a forward quarter missile. I used to see them on radar now and then as they transited the R2508 complex over the Owens valley usually on their way to tank. We always new it was the SR because of their engines. Very impressive aircraft - I shed a tear when they retired them!

Lankster Price : 2000 mph... must have been on one jet and limping around..... lmao ..

Bill Swingle : I’ve watched this quite a few times and never gets old.

Clint : This is my new favorite story. It had me bawling i was laughing so hard!!! that guy is a great story teller...but with subject matter like that i guess its pretty hard not to be...

German_shepherd_dog : *And in walks an X-15 pilot* LA Center: "Yeah, we're reading 3,300 knots." *ISS enters* LA Center: "...14,800 knots"

Symion : This is absolute gold. Makes me laugh every time.

blech71 : Even though I'm a NAVAIR guy this is the best story ever!

nocalsteve : I remember reading about this in “Flying” magazine literally the month after it happened. Instant legend!

DOC Ohm : I remember Maj Shul and Walter. I was at Beale from 82'-86' as a avionics tech. The SR-71 was awesome.

John Evans : You know that Hornet driver has gotta be like, "Oh, COME ON!"

MikeVonDoom : 2000 knots are close to 3704 km/h which is a mind blowing speed!!! =o

Robert Dawson : I was stationed in Berlin when the Wall came down, Thursday November 9th 1989. I was working at Allied Checkpoint Charlie that weekend.👍😁😎

yourpersonalspammer : I would have loved to see their faces when an unidentified flying object in orbit contacted center and requested a groundspeed check after that.. "Center Control to U.F.O. we got you going TWOO-ZERO-ZEEE-RO thousand miles per hour across-the-globe."

sleuf : Brilliant

zones2surf : Late night TV has nothing on this humor!! Laffing all the way until bedtime!!!

hobizoli : ...and then came a new voice in to the air: "LA Center, here the Columbia, please do a ground speed check" "Columbia, we see you at 12500miles across the ground..." and then, you think no one is faster than this, comes a new player into the air: "ssss...Zdrastvute, amerikancii.... ssss... here speaks Sergei, from the MIR.... ssss.... LA Center, can i have a speedcheck too...?... ssss" :)))

John Reynolds : The black bird is indeed an amazing aircraft. Even more amazing is the fact that the aircraft was designed entirely by hand. They did not have computer aided design in the days the aircraft was built. You definitely have to respect the engineers who designed such an amazing machine and had to calculate everything manually.

Peter Harpun tossen : I just love this story :)

William1987GTA1 : A bad ass, yet cool, calm, and collected. Not to mention hilarious. Pilots are a smooth talking bunch. My father flew the F-4 Phantom for. Good stuff. 👍

Chris Ahola : I think all the blackbird pilots tell that same story. But it's still funny.

Music And Coffee : The SR-71 was a badass for real. If you can get your hands on Shul’s book “Sled Driver” do it, it’s amazing.

Lee Bennett : I love hearing that story. Very impressive and funny as hell. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

rcoveyduc : Bad ass pilot and fabulous storyteller. :D

Knee High : "Kadafi was silenced on our watch " big statement...