|Buz Carpenter, right, talks to board member Ted Cooper after the meeting.|
Air Force Academy grad and retired Col. Buz Carpenter was the Museum's guest lecturer Nov. 7 as part of the Monday Speaker Series. He answered a barrage of questions from the audience and after giving a first-hand look at the exotic bird. He gave a special tribute to "Kelly" Johnson, the engineer behind the Blackbird and many other iconic aircraft. Buz logged nearly 700 hours in the SR-71 as a pilot and instructor. The "Blackbird" cruised at 2,100 miles per hour as the nation's premiere reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-71 he flew is now on display at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Buz also flew the C-141, RF-4C, and T-38 aircraft, while flying 150 combat missions in Vietnam.
Before the talk, the took a tour of the museum's flight line at Strawberry Point and pointed out all the aircraft he had piloted or had taken a ride in.