972 at Mach 3.0"
by Philip E West
Richard Graham and RSO Don Emmons cruising their SR-71 in afterburner,
gathering intelligence over the Soviet nuclear facility at Kamchatka, December
At 80,000 feet Rich Graham's SR-71 Blackbird is all but invisible to the
three MiG-25 fighters
seen contrailing at 45,000 feet below. Under radar control, the MiGs make
a futile attempt to intercept,
but with the SR-71 travelling at three times the speed of sound along the
edge of the stratosphere,
there is nothing they can do. At this great height the crew of Habu 972
can clearly see the pronounced
curvature of the earth and, in broad daylight above them, the brightest
stars shining in the heavens.
The SR-71 Habu 972, the subject of Philip's painting, now resides
in the National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC.
to a single edition of 500 copies signed and numbered by the artist.
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