I’m heading to Alaska in a few weeks for the Great Alaska Aviation gathering. To my surprise I see that Major Brian Shul will be on hand to entertain attendees with lore of flight at mach 3+ and maybe even I’ll get to hear the tale of trolling Navy F-18 pilots from 80,000 feet.

Officially his presentation will include:

“THE SPEED OF LIFE | PERSEVERANCE AND TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY”
Major Brian Shul, USAF, Retired, Author
 

A highly motivating, humorous, and fascinating talk that covers some of Mr. Shul’s experiences from lying near death on a jungle floor in Viet Nam, to flying the world’s fastest jet, the SR-71. He also talks about his present day photography and the books he has authored. Coupled with Mr. Shul’s breathtaking slides taken in flight, and his philosophical views on life, this is an unforgettable presentation for all in attendance. Brian Shul is a Vietnam War-era attack pilot and a retired major in the United States Air Force (USAF). He flew 212 combat missions and was shot down near the end of the war. He was so badly burned that he was given next to no chance to live. Surviving, he returned to full flight status, flying the SR-71 Blackbird. Major Shul completed a 20-year career in the Air Force. He has written four books on aviation and runs a photo studio in California.

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Fortunately, the 13 hour trip to Anchorage should leave ample time for me to read his book Sled Driver : Flying the World’s Fastest Jet.