The THREE STICKS – SR-71 story you probably never heard before


hey everyone this is Jeff of
Taofledermaus in case you didn’t know by now I am an a really big sr-71 blackbird
nerd while the plane was shrouded in secrecy and was years ahead of its time
it’s the personal accounts and stories from the crew members that really
intrigued me This story is about the doomed flight– the very last flight of
sr-71 61 – seven nine seven four on April 21st 1989 this sr-71 left Kadena
Air Base piloted by Dan house with RSO Blair Bozak in the back seat -the exact
mission is still shrouded in mystery probably classified but it was heading
in a southwesterly direction towards Vietnam — the crew had just refueled
sr-71s takeoff with a very light fuel load for safety and then once airborne
they top up the tanks with an air refuelling tanker and off they go the
crew had just reached operational altitude and cruise speed of Mach 3 when
all hell broke loose the main bearings on the
left engine seized up causing the engine to explode– fragments from the engine
penetrated the fuselage and severed both hydraulic systems A and B– the pilot was
hoping to maintain control and make it all the way to Clark Air Force Base
unfortunately they reached the point where they had almost no control at all
so they decided to bail out at Mach 2 immediately, ships and aircraft were
dispatched to try to locate the the crash site and also try to recover the
missing crew members somewhere in the Philippine Sea. House and Bozek were
bobbing around in the water in their full pressure suits– not the best thing
to be wearing while swimming now the search was not limited to just the
Americans by sheer coincidence Russian naval ship was also in the area they
would have loved to have captured those two crew members and interrogated them
but they would have had a treasure trove of information had they found the
wreckage and unveiled some of the mysteries of this fascinating plane now
it turns out that house and Bozak almost made it to land they splashed down in
the water about 300 yards from the coastline fortunately they didn’t have
to swim all the way to shore as some local fishermen saw him come down they
paddled out there pulled him out of the water took him to shore and they ended
up in the local village at the mayor’s house search and rescue at this time
still had no idea they were safe much less on land safe and being fed and
given drinks by the local mayor the crew tried in vain just a telephone Clark Air
Force Base to let him know without any luck finally using their emergency radio
they made contact with a p3 Orion which was part of the search team and h h 53
helicopter was dispatched and picked him up at a nearby rice paddy from there
they were flown directly to Clark Air Force bases south of them they were
given an exam everything checked out good
but if it wasn’t for those quick-acting fishermen this story would have had a
completely different ending meanwhile the search to find the
wreckage of the plane was still on by both the Americans and the Russians no
one seemed to know the exact location where that plane eventually crashed
after nearly a week of searching for the wreckage they finally had the insight to
ask one of the fishermen who rescued the crew did you happen to see that plane go
down one of the fishermen who spoke perfect English said oh we thought you
knew where was that I know exactly where it’s at what what do you mean you know
exactly where it’s at the fisherman replied yeah we saw the plane go down
and right before we went out to rescue the crew I put three sticks in the
ground to indicate where the crash site is the fisherman took him over to where
the sticks were and it said if you triangulate off these three sticks the
plane is about two miles out in the water there and that is how they found
the missing sr-71 true story thanks for watching

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