|Transcontinental speed record holder, retired SR-71 pilot Ed Yeilding,|
showing a remarkable unconcern about whom he is photographed with
... an SR-71 (972) accomplished history on a record breaking flight from Los Angeles to Washington, DC Pilot Ed Yielding [sic] and RSO Joseph T. "JT" Vida made the flight in 64 minutes, 54 seconds, averaging 2,144.8 mph, setting the coast- to- coast world speed record. On that historic event, aircraft 972 was turned over to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum at Dulles International Airport. [link]
|Ed Yeilding, right, with co-crewman J.T. Vida|
Update: I like this story, too: The King of Speed, US Navy F-18 Hornet v. USAF SR-71, guess who won?