At least when it comes to Planelopnik. Just read his bio and he had an amazing flying career. He flew CAS in the AT-28 during Vietnam, was part of the first operational A-10 squadron, flew on the first A-10 demonstration team and flew the SR-71 Blackbird. He has also flown extensively as a guest with the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels while researching books on those demonstration groups. So to sum this up, Brian Shul has flown Oppo's two favorite airplanes and spent extensive time as a passenger with both the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels.
Brian Shul is the author of Sled Driver which everyone says is THE book to have about the Blackbird. Amazon tells me I can have it for between $400 and $4,000, so I won't be reading it any time soon.
Here is a video on the SR-71.
And another on the A-10