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Dec 22, 2021

Brian Shul (born 1948) is a Vietnam War-era attack pilot and a retired major in the United States Air Force (USAF).

He flew 212 combat missions and was shot down near the end of the war. He was so badly burned that he was given next to no chance to live. Surviving, he returned to full flight status, flying the SR-71 Blackbird.

Major Shul completed a 20-year career in the Air Force. After 20 years and 5000 hours in fighter jets, Shul retired from the Air Force in 1990 and went on to pursue his writing and photographic interests.

He has written four books on aviation and runs a photo studio in Marysville, California.

Near the end of hostilities in 1973, his T-28 aircraft was shot down in the vicinity of the Cambodian border. Recovery from the burns took several months and15 major operations.

Physicians told him he'd never fly again. Months of physical therapy followed, enabling Shul to eventually pass a flight physical and return to active flying duty.

Post-Vietnam

Two days after being released from the hospital, Shul was back flying Air Force fighter jet aircraft.

Shul volunteered for and was selected to fly the SR-71. This assignment required an astronaut-type physical just to qualify, and Shul passed with no waivers.

Shul's comeback story has been the subject of numerous magazine articles conscious and teaching them how to better survive such incidents.[citation needed.

In addition to running his own photo studio in northern California, he has authored seven books on flying and flight photography.

His first two books (Sled Driver: Flying The World's Fastest Jet and The Untouchables) are about flying the SR-71 Blackbird and give the reader a first-hand account of being in the cockpit of the world's fastest jet.

 

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