A very limited number of tickets are still available for Colonel Rich Graham’s talk ‘Flying the SR-71 Blackbird’ spy plane at the Orsett Hall Hotel, Essex, on Wednesday 17 September 2014.
The talk is being given by former United States Air Force pilot, Colonel Rich Graham, who flew the iconic Mach 3 aircraft for 15 years, including assignments at RAF Mildenhall. All profits raised by the talk will support the Vulcan Restoration Trust.
The remaining tickets can no longer be bought in advance but will be on sale on the door at the Orsett Hall Hotel from 7.00 pm onwards. Tickets will be sold strictly on a first come first served basis so please arrive early to gain entry.
Tickets are priced at £11.00 each although Vulcan Restoration Trust members with a valid membership card can purchase their tickets at the discounted price of £9.00.
Doors open at 7.00 pm with Colonel Graham’s talk expected to start at 8.00 pm. There will be a licensed bar and the evening is expected to finish around 10.30 pm.
The SR-71 was the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft throughout its career. On 28 July 1976, an SR-71 broke the world speed record for its class at 1,905.81 knots – that is 2,193.17 mph or Mach 3.3 – which is pretty impressive however you say it! The Blackbird had an "absolute altitude record" of 85,069 feet which is well into the stratosphere and approaching the edge of space.
During his time on the SR-71, Colonel Graham flew reconnaissance and intelligence gathering missions over Soviet Bloc countries and other ‘hot spots’ such as Libya and the Middle East. Since his retirement he has published four highly acclaimed books about the SR-71.
This the third time Colonel Graham has spoken at a fundraising event for the Trust and we are delighted to welcome him back. It is always fascinating to hear first-hand from someone who flew one of the most incredible aircraft ever built. Both previous events sold out, and tickets for this year’s talk are limited, so don’t delay making your booking.
7:00pm - Wednesday 17th September 2014,
Orsett Hall Hotel,
Prince Charles Avenue,