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
Via Hacker News, Subject: Test Pilot Bill Weaver: Mach 3.18 Break Up of an SR-
71 Black Bird
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 minor
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