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SR-71 Blackbird pilot explains how the cockpit works from the inside

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Last Friday you saw the SR-71 Blackbird cockpit in glorious ultra-HD. Veteran Blackbird pilot Richard Graham explains how the cockpit actually works in this fascinating video filmed inside the cockpit. Lots of technical words, but seeing him moving around inside that tight cockpit is really cool.

Top image: Lockheed Martin photo of Brian Shul flying the Blackbird.

Below: Ultra-HD image of the SR-71 cockpit. Expand and right-click to save.

Illustration for article titled SR-71 Blackbird pilot explains how the cockpit works from the inside
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Thanks to reader Ztex for the heads up.


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so basically he is flying a giant flammable metal plane, 80K feet in the air, in a space suit, at three times the speed of sound. that could have a catastrophic failure at any time for any reason.

ok then. the testicles this guy has to drag around must make his back so sore.