The First Episode of The History Guy podcast

In the first ever History Guy podcast, we remember two stories of forgotten history about Aviation Accidents. First, in 1966, an SR-71 “Blackbird” disintegrated at 78,000 feet. The pilot’s first thought was, “No one could live through what just happened. Therefore, I must be dead.” Second is about a photo op in June 1966, involving an XB-70A No. 2, an F-4 Phantom, an F-5, a T-38 Talon, and an F-104 Starfighter, which went terribly wrong.

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2 thoughts on “The First Episode of The History Guy podcast

  1. My ‘History That Needs To Be Remembered’ is of my encounter with a ‘Funnel Cloud’ [and let me tell you, it wasn’t fun at all].
    I was set up to fly my PPG, a powered paraglider, that I had been using to find wild honeybee hives on Oahu, back in 2011.
    The next thing I knew, I was waking up in a hospital bed 2 months later.
    But as it goes, that ‘history’ is wiped out of my memory.

  2. Great episode!

    So, my buddy and I were hanging out at The Nut Tree Restaurant shopping complex in Vacaville, CA in the late ’70’s – early ’80’s. Having it’s own airport at the intersection of two major highways near various military installations, The Nut Tree had a mini shopping museum of military aircraft flown nearby.

    I was looking at a coffee-table book about the SR71 when an attractive lady my age approached me and asked, “Do you want to meet one of the pilots?”

    Duh, yeah, really?

    She pointed him out across the shop. I was skeptical. He looked like a Hollywood casting pick for a veteran combat test pilot, but taller than I would have expected. Of course I did want to meet him but did not want to bother him (or make a fool of myself) but she said, “Come on, you’ll win me a bet. He said you wouldn’t want to meet him. I bet you would.”

    I followed her over to him. We exchanged pleasantries and he politely answered my questions with (what I realized I knew was) publicly available information.

    I was wearing a light tactical vest and he also asked me a few polite questions about firearms and such.

    When I asked him about how fast the SR71 would go, he said, “That’s classified, of course, but faster than a 30-06 (rifle bullet).” Interesting comparison but, again, I already knew that. Although I liked him, I was still skeptical. Was the bet perhaps really that they could trick someone for fun?

    It was time to end the conversation but I suddenly had one more question: “What’s it like?”

    He got this dreamy, contemplative look in his eyes and said quietly, after a pause and no longer really looking at me, “You’d like it.”

    I believed, a bit humbled, that at that moment, I was truly standing before the real deal.

    She deserved to win that bet.

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