TN-008 Black Knights
Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol
is made up of over 1000 volunteers serving their communities and their country by providing Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs Activities.  Supported by the Tennessee Aeronautics Board and the State Legislature of Tennessee we provide services across the State and in the larger region.

SR-71 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul tells of the following exchange: "One day as Walt (my back-seater) and I were screaming across Southern California 13 miles high, we were monitoring various radio transmissions from other aircraft as we entered Los Angeles airspace. Although they didn't really control us, they did monitor our movement across their scope. I heard a Cessna ask for a readout of its ground speed. '90 knots,' Center replied. Moments later, a twin engine Beech requested the same. '120 knots,' Center answered. We weren't the only ones proud of our ground speed that day as almost instantly an F-18 smugly transmitted, 'Uh, Center, Dusty 52 requests ground speed readout.' There was a slight pause, then the response, 'Dusty 52, 525 knots on the ground.' Then came another silent pause. Just as I was thinking to myself how ripe the situation was, I heard the crackle of our radio as Walt transmitted 'Center, Aspen 20, you got a ground speed readout for us?' There was a longer than normal pause. 'Aspen 20, I show you at 1,742 knots.' No further speed inquiries were made after that".

In another popular SR-71 story, Los Angeles Center reported receiving a request for clearance to flight level 600 (60,000 feet). The incredulous controller, with some disdain in his voice, asked, "How do you plan to get up to 60,000 feet?" The SR-71 pilot responded, "We don't plan to go up to it, we plan to go down to it!


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    Posted Feb 23, 2015, 9:28 AM by
  • Grateful for New Castle! We are so pleased to have found a home at Bookwalter United Methodist Church!  We are warm and cozy and have room to meet and work.  We continue to drive ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 5:59 PM by
  • Homeless Squadron Please know that at the moment, we are still searching for a permanent meeting place for our unit following our loss of our Fort Hill Baptist Church home.  We will ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 12:01 PM by
  • Joint Meeting with the Dragons! This Thursday we're going to have a lot going on.  Our newest recruits will get some time in orientation with Col Clark!  He is the commander of the TN ...
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