is not me....... I was 11 years old when the good Colonel and his copilot punched out over the ocean near Luzon in the Phillipines.... and I hate to fly......
I found the entry whilst googling my name (which everyone should do occasionally, very interesting things come up ). And Rob keeps calling me "LT Col"......
The good Colonel and RSO Bozek deserve the kudos more than I ever will.
http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/loss_4.htm about 2/3 of the way down, "Loss #20"
21 April 1989
Loss #20 61-17974 (SR-71A) Nicknamed "Ichi-Ban", this aircraft was lost on 21 April 1989 over the South China Sea and is the last loss of any Blackbird. Pilot Lt Col Dan House, flying at Mach 3+, said the left engine seized (engine compressor bearing froze causing disintegration) and shrapnel from the engine hit the right-side hydraulic lines, causing a loss of flight controls. The pilot descended to 10,000 feet and 400 Kts before ejecting. House and RSO Blair Bozek ejected and came down safely in the ocean. They had been able to broadcast their position before abandoning the Blackbird. They came down 200 yards off the coast of Luzon Island in the Philippines. The crew were immediately rescued by native fisherman.
28 Images and history of the crash recovery operation is located at this URL:
Dan House, Pilot and Blair Bozek, RSO
(Article Courtesy the Appeal Democrat:)
Article by The Space Sentinel (Beale AFB):
Luzon Crash Recovery operations with 28 Photos
some better fotos of the crew, and details of the ejection http://www.ejectionsite.com/srcrash.htm
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