On Thu, 13 Nov 2008 05:54:32 -0800 (PST), Robatoy
I don't see how that can possibly be right. The writer had a four year
billet. That would seem to me to be about right for any pilot. The a/c
was in service for 24 years. Had to have been more pilots than that.
I worked several of them over the years. Had one and a U2 on the
frequency at the same time once. They always reported their altitude
as "above FL600" (Flight Level 600 or 60,000 feet). They were going to
be close, and it was almost impossible to turn an SR71, even if they
would take the turn (because of their mission). The U2 was more normal
in that regard, but I asked each their specific altitude (which they
would give as an encoded phrase). I could have gone to the watch
supervisor and gotten the actual altitude from a decoder ring we had,
but I just asked them if that was sufficient separation for them, and
they agreed it was.
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