"Spy Pilot Chronicles"

Blackbird crew shares tales, photos, books about secret flights at Mach 3


SEATTLE, Feb. 28, 2012--On March 24 from 6 to 9 p.m, veteran USAF SR-71 Blackbird spyplane crew Brian Shul and Walt Watson will share their experiences at "Spy Pilot Chronicles," a Museum event that includes a private reception beneath the Museum's Blackbird, followed by a lecture and book signing. Join Shul and his long-time flight crew member Watson for this exclusive event. Tickets are $55 for Museum members, and $70 non-members.

The evening begins with a cash bar and appetizers reception beneath the Museum's unique M-21/D-21 Blackbird, where the two pilots will answer questions about the famous spyplane. Following the reception, there will be a presentation and book signing with Shul and Watson in the Museum's theater. Shul has been delivering his programs to full houses at the Museum for 20 years; this program with Watson - the only African American to qualify as a crewmember in the Blackbird, and the subject of many of Shul's stories - is entirely new, and not to be missed.

The event also marks the 20th anniversary of Shul's "Sled Driver," the first photo/essay book to put the reader into the cockpit of the most exotic aircraft ever built-the SR-71. Shul and Watson will be signing books at the event.

Advance tickets are available online at museumtix

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The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Airpark includes outdoor displays with the first jet Air Force One, a Concorde airliner, and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The Museum aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The Education Office offers weekend family programs, programs for students and educators, and overnight camps for children. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site.


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