SR-71 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul was completing a training mission when he heard a pilot radioing in for a ground speed check. Shul, a former attack pilot who is known for his speed, decided to challenge an F-18 Hornet navy pilot who thought he was the fastest in the sky. The story goes something like this…
In Shul’s book he details the encounter.
“The predominant radio chatter was from Los Angeles Center, far below us, controlling daily traffic in their sector. While they had us on their scope (albeit briefly), we were in uncontrolled airspace and normally would not talk to them unless we needed to descend into their airspace.”
They listened as the pilots asked air traffic control on the ground for their flight speed.
“90 knots on the ground,” was the reply to the Cessna pilot.
“125 knots,” was the recorded speed for the Twin Beech pilot.
The F-18 pilot was confirmed at 620 knots. But Shul knew he could do better.
He asked, “Los Angeles Center, Aspen 20, can you give us a ground speed check?”
“Aspen 20, I show you at one thousand eight hundred and forty-two knots, across the ground,” said the controller.
Wow – just wow!
We can imagine that Shul had every right to be proud.
Conservative Tribune reports:
When SR-71 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul found himself above the Los Angeles Center communications tower on a training mission, he heard a series of pilots radioing in for a ground speed check. What he and his partner Walter did next is nothing short of the most amazing aviation troll of all time. This story is sure to have you smiling by the end!
The SR-71 Blackbird is touted as the “king of speed” when it comes to Air Force jets. To put it simply, this thing is a beast.