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FLYING THE SR-71 BLACKBIRD

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The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by noted SR-71 pilot Buz Carpenter on

FLYING THE SR-71 BLACKBIRD

Buz will present using his slides on the SR-71 Blackbird and its capabilities, then take questions from the audience. The CIA's A-12, and its USAF version the SR-71 Blackbird, were designed to be secret image intelligence (IMINT) platforms that would fly higher and faster than any countermeasures (aircraft or missiles) that the Soviets or other Cold War entities could put up against them. They fulfilled that mission.

The SR-71 was also the fastest and highest-flying air-breathing, piloted aircraft ever built, flying at 90,000 feet (20,000 feet above the U-2) and at more than 2,100 mph—literally faster than a speeding bullet, as in Los Angeles to DC in 64 minutes. Like the U-2, it was one of the most difficult aircraft in the world to fly.

Col. Buz Carpenter (USAF, Ret.) flew the SR-71 worldwide as an aircraft commander and later Instructor Pilot with over 65+ operational missions accruing 777 hours. Prior to that, he served in Vietnam combat as a pilot in the F-4 Phantom fighters with 150 combat hours and later in Japan as Flight Commander and Instructor Pilot with 1,150 hours. Buz was inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame in October 2016.


This is the fifth in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum and Winery featuring expert eyewitnesses to significant Cold War events and activities. Presentations occur at the brewery or at the Vint Hill Craft Winery, followed by special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants. (The Museum’s collections include film from an SR-71 that visitors can view.)

Date: Sunday, July 23

Time: 1:00 PM. (Arrival at the brewery: 12:30-1:00 PM)

Cost: $25, including the presentation; a $7 coupon toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha or other drink; a $10 contribution to the Cold War Museum; and special access to the Museum (next door) for event participants following the presentation.

Location: Old Bust Head Brewing Company, 7134 Farm Station Road, Vint Hill, VA 20187, https://www.oldbusthead.com/, and the Cold War Museum, 7142 Lineweaver Road, Vint Hill, VA 20187, www.coldwar.org

Agenda:

  • 12:30-1:00. Participants arrive; they may get their beer or other drink at this time.

  • 1:00-1:10. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Buz Carpenter.

  • 1:10-2:15. Buz presents on Flying the SR-71.

  • 2:15-3:00. Q&A opportunity for the audience.

  • 3:00-3:30 Audience members may claim their beer or other drink at this time or buy additional drinks.

  • 3:30-4:30 The Museum (next door) will be open for event participants, with staff providing a tour for those interested. (Film from an SR-71 is on exhibit.)

Event seating at the brewery is limited, and most prior presentations have sold out well in advance, so we suggest that you secure your tickets promptly. Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org


Current Calendar of Scheduled Forthcoming Presentation Series Events.

Ticket availability for these events will normally appear on Eventbrite about 2.5 months prior to the event. They are normally spaced about 2 months apart, but if a special set of circumstances arises we will add others as needed. Everyone who has attended a prior event will be notified after the next event has been posted online. Since most of the prior events have sold out about a month in advance, you might want to act promptly.

  • Sept. 24th: Moles and Defectors I Have Known. Cal Carnes, an expert on Soviet tradecraft, knew Robert Hansen (the FBI’s most damaging spy), Jonathan Pollard (spied for the Israelis), and other moles, and debriefed defectors. He’ll tell you about what they were like from personal experience.

  • Tentative (mid-November): a presentation on a forthcoming book, Spy Chiefs, by its author.

  • January 14th: Blending In--Special Forces Berlin, The Top Secret Teams Combining Military, Intelligence, and Linguistic Skills in the OSS Tradition During the Cold War. James Stejskal, one of the SFB members in the 70’s and 80’s and later a CIA operator in Africa and elsewhere, will draw on his recent book Special Forces Berlin to show how the “PhD who could win a bar fight” tradition secretly stayed alive after OSS was disbanded and was passed on to Delta and SEALS via the SFB operators. These teams pioneered our modern unconventional warfare and counterterrorism techniques. Their existence was so secret that the remaining documentation (most was destroyed) was only declassified in 2014.


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