Everything seemed to unfold in slow motion. I learned later the
time from event onset to catastrophic departure from controlled
flight was only 2–3 seconds. Still trying to communicate with
Jim, I blacked out, succumbing to extremely high g-forces.
Then the SR-71 … literally … disintegrated around us.
From that point, I was just along for the ride. And my next
recollection was a hazy thought that I was having a bad dream. Maybe
I'll wake up and get out of this mess, I mused. Gradually regaining
consciousness, realized this was no dream; it had really happened.
That also was disturbing, because … I COULD NOT HAVE SURVIVED …
what had just happened.
I must be dead. Since I didn't feel bad—just a detached sense
of euphoria—I decided being dead wasn't so bad after all. As full
awareness took hold, I realized I was not dead. But somehow I had
separated from the airplane.
Via Hacker News,
Pilot Bill Weaver: Mach 3.18 Break Up of an SR-71 Black
And this is for Gregory, who likes this aviation
The story is incredible—Bill Weaver was flying at mach 3 when the SR-71
he was flying literally disintigrated around him and he survived with only
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