There are military aircraft that contribute to shaping U.S. foreign policy. There are some that usher in cutting edge technology. Others set speed and altitude records. A few capture the lifelong imaginations of children and aviation enthusiasts alike.
And then there’s the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird that did it all
Brainchild of legendary aeronautical engineer, Kelly Johnson, the Blackbird did do it all as we learn on this episode with retired U.S. Air Force Brian “Punchy” Shul. Known for his infamous ground speed story and numerous books—including Sled Driver—Punchy offers a detailed look at what it took to build and fly the Blackbird, and how it played a significant role in shaping President Reagan’s negotiations with the Soviet Union. The SR-71 Blackbird is a truly iconic aircraft.
Now a renowned key note speaker, author, and aviation and nature photographer, Punchy is the curator of Gallery One in Marysville, Calif.
Episode artwork by Janek Krause. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell.