Most young men grew up wanting to fly, or at least go fast, in some fashion. Astronaut, fighter pilot, racecar driver. This was before their brains developed enough to understand that many people do it for the fame and/or women. That doesn't matter. Speed and pushing the limits is intoxicating, and to some, addictive, regardless of age.
Well Brian Shul is obviously one of these boys that grew up wanting to go fast.
He was a Vietnam fighter pilot that was shot down, badly burned, rescued, and went on to become one of the very few that got to pilot the world's fastest jet air craft, the SR-71 Blackbird.
The technology and brainpower that got the SR-71 in the air (in just 18 months, in the 1960s, mind you) is almost incomprehensible today, in the age of cost and time overruns, untested systems that have to be reworked, and billions of dollars wasted.
Brian now travels as a motivational guest speaker, and he has a lot to talk about, and show you. He is also the author of 'Sled Driver', the most comprehensive photo record of this then Top Secret air craft and program. Let him fill you in on the details.