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Just Published – John Altson’s Book on the Software That Flew the SR-71 Blackbird on Its Missions

The SR-71 was one of the most amazing aircrafts ever built. It was the fastest aircraft ever flown, setting just about every conceivable speed record. To top it all off, it was a very effective spy plane. This book is about the development of the software that flew "The Blackbird."

Prospect, CT, April 11, 2018 --( Many books have been written about the design of the aircraft, the technical details, and the operational missions. For those wishing to explore the in-depth history of the SR-71, there is "Lockheed Blackbird – Beyond the Secret Missions" by Paul Crickmore and "SR-71 Revealed – The Inside Story" by Commander Richard Graham.

There is another yet-unwritten story however – the story of how a small group of talented techies, many of them fresh out of college, banded together to write software that planned the missions and fed the Nortronics navigation system which, in turn, flew the plane. This book is about the team that developed the software and how that software was used for a remarkable twenty-two years. Parenthetically, John Alson (author of the book) was the Airborne Instruments Laboratory Group Leader that managed the mission-planning programming effort.

"The Black Line" is now available for sale on Amazon. Besides a detailed account of the SR-71 mission-planning software effort, the book contains:

SR-71 press releases from the LBJ archives
A brief SR-71 history
The SR-71 (spy) mission operations flow of command
Interviews with Air Force operations personnel
Interviews with two noteworthy flight crews
An SR-71 photo gallery, with flight diagrams
A comprehensive flight crew list

John Altson now lives with his wife Barbara in Prospect, CT.
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