Brian Shul was shot down over Cambodia during the Vietnam War and was severely burned in the ensuing crash. Initially given up for dead, he was finally rescued by special forces and spent one year in hospitals, enduring 15 surgeries and believing his flying days were over.
Amazingly, after painful physical therapy, he returned to active-duty flying, and became one of only 93 people in history to fly the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, the fastest manned jet ever built.
At 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Shul will be in PebbleCreek to share his compelling story of living fearlessly and embracing the opportunities each day brings, a tale that resonates with men and woman of all ages. From lying near death in the jungles of Southeast Asia to flying the world’s fastest jet, Shul shares his amazing story in this most unforgettable, one-of-a-kind presentation that both inspires and educates.
A graduate of East Carolina University, Shul was an Air Force fighter pilot for 20 years, flying 212 close air-support missions during the Vietnam War. When he returned to flying after his recuperation, he became an air-show demonstration pilot and an instructor at the Air Force’s "Top Gun" school.
He culminated his Air Force career by flying the top-secret spy plane, the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest aircraft ever built. Shul flew covert missions in the Blackbird for four years and was the pilot who provided President Reagan with detailed photos of Libyan terrorist camps in 1986.
Retiring from the Air Force in 1990, after 5,000 hours in fighter jets, Shul went on to pursue his writing and photographic interests. In addition to running his own photo studio in northern California, he has authored five books on flying, for which he did all the writing and photography.
Shul was the first pilot to write a book about flying the Blackbird, completely illustrated using his own photography. The book, Sled Driver, is today's most popular book about that plane, worldwide.
A Spirit of Freedom Award winner, he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
He lives in Marysville, California, and owns Gallery One, where his acclaimed nature photography is on display.
For more information:
Visit Shul's Gallery One website