IamA Former SR-71 Pilot and Wing Commander, AMA! Pt.2
I Am: ret. USAF Col. Richard Graham, and I am here to answer all of your questions about the SR-71, or any other USAF questions you may have. This is my second AMA, and the response was so great that I felt obligated to return for Pt. 2. You can find the first AMA here: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2k06jn/iama_former_sr71_pilot_and_squadron_commander_ama/
Background: I joined the USAF in 1964, and started of flying on the T-37. After pilot training, I instructed for 4 years, and then was shipped to Vietnam to fly an F-4 from 1971-1974 (210 total missons). In 1974, I volunteered into the SR-71 Recconnaisance program, and 9 months and 100 hours later I was flying operational missons. I flew the SR-71 for 7 years, touring all around the world from Okinawa Japan to REF Mildenhall England. My SR-71 total fly time was 765 hours. In 1981, I left the SR-71 Recconnaisance program to become the SR-71 Squadron Commander for one year. After, I left to work at the Pentagon for 4 years. I returned to Beale AFB, California to become the Wing Commander for the entire SR-71 and U-2 Recconnaisance Fleet. I then flew for American Airlines for many years. At this point, I retired to instruct flying lessons in Dallas, Texas, and continue to work on writing my 5 SR-71 Books. My total flying time across USAF, AA, and flying lessons is 14,000 hours.
Last AMA, it was mentioned I have written 5 books about the SR-71, just finishing the last one a months ago. I was flooded with requests for autographed versions of the books before I edited the AMA to include information for those who would like them. You can find these books by searching "sr-71pilot" on Ebay and contact me directly for any help.
Looking forward for the all the questions!
EDIT: Huge thank you to Reddit! Had a wonderful time answering all of your questions! I had my grandson type of all my responses, on this account. Wonderful turnout even for the second time around! Hopefully won't be my last time here! Till next time everyone!