After months of physical therapy, Shul made a miraculous return to active duty flying and later served as a flight instructor. He became one of only 93 men in history to fly the top secret SR-71 and was the only Blackbird pilot to fly three missions on three consecutive days. Shul is a Spirit of Freedom Award winner and a recipient of the prestigious Crystal Eagle Award.
Today, Shul combines aviation slides and engaging stories to deliver a message of hope, overcoming obstacles, and daring to dream. He has published five books including "Sled Driver," a personal account of flying the SR-71, as well as "The Untouchables," co-authored by navigator Watson with whom Shul flew spy missions for four years.
Shul and Watson are also known for their "L.A. Speed Story," recalling when they were screaming across Southern California in the SR-71, 13 miles high. The two were monitoring radio transmissions as other aircraft asked for their speeds in the Los Angeles airspace, receiving replies of 90 knots, 120 knots and, for a smug F-18, 620 knots. Watson could not resist radioing for their speed, which -- after a long pause -- was duly reported as 1,942.
Tickets for the talk are $20-$30. Call 373-6800, visit lvpac.org, or go to the box office, 2400 First St., Livermore. A book-signing will follow the presentation.
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