US Air Force Major Brian Shul was a member of a very exclusive club: The Sled Drivers. These guys were the flight crews of the fabled Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the program, and to commemorate, Vice magazine sat down with Major Shul and chatted about his experiences.
I lost power and was unable to get out of the plane because I was too close to the ground, so I had to ride it into the jungle. It blew up, but I was lucky enough to get myself out of the burning plane, crawl out into the jungle, and wait for rescue. I was totally conscious and I remember every bit of it.