Brian Shul, One Of The Few SR71 Pilots, Telling The LA Center Speed Story
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[Brian Shul, One Of The Few SR71 Pilots, Telling The LA Center Speed Story]
[Brian Shul ((born 1948), Vietnam-era USAF Attack Pilot):]
…California, we had [indiscernible] Idaho all the way up to Montana, hitting high mach over Denver, hang a right turn turn in New Mexico, out over Los Angeles basin. Up the coast of California, hang a right turn Seattle back into Sacramento two hours thirty minutes.
And we do that just to gain time and experience. One day Walter, we’re on our last training mission, Walter and I, I could see downtown L.A. from Tulsa. I can see the entire Western United States bathe in a warm glow September afternoon.
Radios were quiet, smooth as glass. There’s not a gadge moving in my cockpit. Yeah, I’m checking the mirror. And I’m thinking ‘we bad; built a model as kid and I’m flying my jet’.
Now at that movement I was just feeling so good. And then I thought poor Walter has to monitor five radios in the back seat. So I pick up the [dial] and listen to and he is listening to. Now I wasn’t very comfortable given up control of my radios, because I was a single seat guy all my life. Now I’m in the family model. I got to share – radio – he’s the radio guy.
So Walter is monitoring LA center who has this [under] scope, but of course we are above controlled the airspace. And LA center, of course, as you know, the guy to deal with, well, you guys, people wanting to know their ground speed and sure enough some Cessna’s [indiscernible] ‘you got a ground speed read out for us?”
Now you know, as well as I know center – all want to say on my [indiscernible] on Apollo 13. You all want to talk and it’s same voice, “Houston Center voice.”. Did you ever notice that center guys are all the same guy? Because [indiscernible] Seattle, LA, difference – the same voice. And you know what, we like that as pilots, because we’re in that thunderstorm over Oklahoma City.
[indiscernible]… our g-suit. we want to hear that warm – that warm in the room voice that says, Radar Contact… [indiscernible]. Yeah, I wanna hear that voice.
So that kind of makes this story work.
(ph) Now you also know that there could be [jump back donuts] on your first flight, or [indiscernible] John Glenn, you get the same voice.
(ph) Cessna November Alpha, we show you at 90 knots, 9 0 knots on the ground. Right after that a Twin Bonanza, Twin Beech or whatever the hell they are, they came up on frequency. Well, I sound ground speed with the radio voice. I guess he was proud of his plane … London – I can’t blame the guy.
You can see center thinking It’s Friday, why me? Get off my frequency see that he’s going to talk through mic as Air Force 1, right. We should you at 120 knots on the ground.
Right after that, a navy F18 out of Lemoore popped up on frequency. And he knows he’s a Navy guy because he talked very cool on radio, center [indiscernible] speed check. And I’m thinking wait a minute. (ph) Justify two as he ground speed indicated a $1 million F18 cockpit. Why we are calling center to broadcast our speed. Oh, I get it.
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We are just the meanest, baddest, fastest military jet in the valley to date. We are taking on our little Hornet jet over Mount Whitney, we want everyone from Fresno to the coast in –you know what, real speed is. And I almost heard announce a glee with the patrollers voice, like I think we’re put an end to this, justify two, we show you 620, 620 knots on the ground. It was a hush on the [ph] frequency. It was an airliner from Seattle to San Diego that might be next on the frequency. And a 12-year old was reaching for the mic. Now, I’m thinking, is this the right situation like old way, Walter charges the radios. Now are they training, you are training. I don’t want to upset Walter. No, it’s an 80 guy. They must, they must die – they must die now.
No, no, I’m going to upset Walter and I want us to be good for the next four years. At that moment, I heard a click to the mic button in the back seat.
Ladies and gentlemen, Walter and I became a crew at that moment. Walter in his very best innocent voice, ‘LA center Aspen 3-Zero. Have you a got a ground speed readout for us’.
See, he’s got to give you that same voice. You could almost hear a collective gasp [indiscernible] on frequency from everyone, I won’t be stupid enough. It’s been [indiscernible]. We show you 1,987 knots.
And then I knew I was going to like Walter a lot, for the four years. Then he came back, said, our show is little closer to 2000, [indiscernible]. The first time in my air force career I heard center say, well, your equipment is better than ours. I guess for those few moments, oh, yeah.
It was fun, the thing was great. I was always having much fun and there were a lot of dangerous tense moments in the airplane, but that’s the story. So you can see it now on the Internet and you will. You can now say you’ve actually heard it…
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