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There is an unbelievably good interview with Brian Shul, one of the only SR-71 pilots to take a bunch of pictures of the plane[1]. He tells the story about when his commander asks him to fly right up to the soviet border to get their anti-air radars to light the blackbird up. He asked what he should do if they shot missiles at it and his commander said to just turn around and outrun it. He was quite skeptical of this and very amusingly describes this real life encounter. He's a really funny speaker.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZRP1q1PGUk&t=33m0s

UPDATE: Video with better sound thanks to https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19505767 I found the specific story I was referring to at 33m




+∞. I watch this anytime I need motivation. This guy is the epitome of not letting anything get in his way. Such a good public speaker and amazing career! Cannot upvote that video enough.

Here's one with better sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZRP1q1PGUk


Thanks updated! (33m0s is the story I was referring to)




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