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Chico CA 1991 Hardcover Near Fine SIGNED, INSCRIBED AND DATED BY BRIAN SHUL. A Near Fine hardback Third Edition First Printing with mild cover edge wear in a Fine Dust Jacket. ... 4to. 151 pp. Read more Show Less

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USA 1991 Hardcover First Edition Very Good in Very Good jacket Signed. 0929823087 151 pages. Signed and inscribed by author upon first blank leaf. "The most descriptive ... narrative of the SR-71 airplane from a pilot's perspective that I have read to date."-from dust jacket. Printed upon glossy stock. Liberally illustrated with exceptional colour photography. Unmarked with light wear and occasional light soiling. Dust jacket now preserved in glossy new archival-grade Brodart. Please note that due to a binding error pages 37-48 are repeated and pages 49-60 omitted, Regardless, this quality signed first edition copy will serve as a wonderful gift for any true fan of the SR-71. Read more Show Less

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CALIFORNIA 1991 HARD BACK BLACK SECOND ED VERY GOOD. JACKET: GOOD DJ 12 1/4 X 10 1/2. Non Dedicated Inscription Signed by Author. Colored illustrations. No bookplate. Tight and ... clean binding. Gold gilt on cover and spine. _PAB_ Read more Show Less

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  • ISBN-13: 9780929823089
  • Publisher: Mach One, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 151
  • Product dimensions: 10.37 (w) x 12.38 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

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    Stunning visuals

    The photography is wonderful. Seeing the plane in flight, and the views available to the pilot, is like nothing else. The story of what it's like to fly this magnificent jet is also compelling. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the SR-71.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2004

    Ultra Sonic Super Spy

    The amazingly true story of Sled Driver was about a very daring pilot that flew one of the most secretive airplanes in history, the SR-71. Brain Shul, the author and the main personality throughout the book, started as a military fighter pilot, was one of the few people in the world to be to be trained to fly the SR-71 ¿Black Bird¿ or the ¿Sled¿ as it is sometimes called, let alone actually fly the beast, was chosen to fly the airplane. Two months of severe flight simulating and text manual reading, Brain is chosen to fly the ¿Sled¿ and is partnered with the only black man to ever fly the SR-7, Walt Watson. These two men are paired for their entire career of flying the SR-71. The rest of the book are tales of wondrous experiences and frightful mishaps that nearly take their lives, though they always came out strong. In every book there are at least on thing that does not click with the reader, and in this book this rule holds true. The only problem I experienced while reading this book was the odd placement of pictures. Whenever the Author got into a serious thought or story, the next page would have a picture or series of pictures that would make you lose your trail of thought and provoke you to look at the photos. This severely annoyed me most of the way through the book. I don¿t quit think the author was thinking to deeply into the placement of the photos or he¿s a total genius and didn¿t want you to get completely trapped into his story, giving you time to think about what just happened or recollect on what exactly he was saying. Of course there are good or great things about a book or the reader would stop reading it, unless he was forced to read it like I was in grade school and throughout High School. The pictures were phenomenal, even though their placement was off. The sheer quality and beauty of them was overwhelming. Also, the author used so much detail in his writing, it was almost as if you were in the cockpit with him and Walt. He used so manning adjectives, that it was almost as if he wanted your full attention on a specific object or experience, just so that you didn¿t miss a thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2002

    A Classic Re-Born

    This is the book that became the icon for all Blackbird fans. A true classic, written in easy, captivating prose,that puts the reader where only a few men got to go. The exquisite photos only make it all the more enjoyable. Now out of print, the great news is that a new Limited Edition version of the book is being released for the Centennial of Flight year in 2003. This definitive version includes more photos, expanded stories, 20 extra pages, and the signatures of 4 prominent crew members to include the author. I never thought they could improve on the original Sled Driver, but they did, and it is spectacular. Hefty price but well worth it with only 3500 of them being printed. SledDriver dot com seems to be the only place to order these special editions. This is easily my favorite aviation book. Highly recommend it, well written, wonderfully photographed, beautifully packaged.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2001

    The Existential Sled

    Brian Suhl's Habu (snake looking like a speed of bullett jet, or jet looking like a speed of bullett snake) leaves imaginative readers envious___envious of the cold vision of cherishing a 100,000 foot mean sea level night horizon turning into daylight before your blood shot eyes. Readers remember the times in high school, Suhl reminds us, of driving the Chevy from the levee, down a dark night lane and turning the lights off for a second or two, to tempt fate, cheat death and feel the adrenaline crash. Brian compares the high school stunt with shutting each navigation light down (who else would be at 100,000 feet?) then switching the interior lights, one at a time until no manmade electrical system is lighting the way, but there is bright light in the blackness of near space and he sat in awe, looking, wondering which switch he didn't flick in his 2,000+ mph excitement. The moon lit the way, like a romantic candle blistering a dim microcosm of space dust in the interior of Habu. Brian took his camera on flights to record the spectacular views from his SR-71 perch. They are more than breathtaking. They are inspirational and you want him to quit his photography business in California, go back to his Air Force days, take you along as the REO, (Radio and Electronics Officer), and strap a fifth grade geography book to your knee strap to watch geographical section lines of the U.S. pass under you. The geography book was the only navigational aid he could find that encompassed enough area to keep up with his rushing speed. Brian doesn't fly anymore. He photographs, camps in wilderness areas, looks at stars in the cool dessert nights, and remembers Habu, the early morning orange juice at the fast food mart before each flight, and thanks the stars and must wonder about going back. Jim Opalka Butler, Pa.

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