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flag       COL. SAMUEL M. URSINI       AF Seal

USAF (Ret)

Fire Control Officer/ Reconnaissance System Officer

YF-12/SR-71

Colonel insignia
master navigator wings
Legion of Merit MedalDistinguished Flying Cross MedalAir Medal w/11OLCs

BIO

TARGET TARGETMACH/ALT     YF-12 MACH/ALT     LAUNCHRANGE RESULTS
Q2C .9/40K 2.2/65K 36NM Direct Hit
Q2C .8/20K 2.3/65K 36NM No Guide (lost power)
Q2C .8/20K 3.2/75K 34NM 6 feet Guide
Q2C .6/1.5K 3.2/75K 30NM 9 feet Guide
QB-47 6. /1.5K 3.2/75K 31NM Direct Hit
Q2C .6/20K 3.2/74K 35NM 99 feet Guide
QB-47 .6/500 ft over land 3.2/74K 33NM 45 feet Guide
AWARDS:
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross w/oak leaf
Air Medal w/11 oak leafs
Master Navigator Wings

TOTAL FLIGHT HOURS: 3,900 - YF-12/SR-71: 305 hours

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Me and Vern Henderson just before flight 

Me, Joe Rogers and our elite ADC (Air Defense Command) maintenance personnel. The EM in white on the right are our (physiological)  pressure suit experts. 
Me and Vern Henderson - first military crew to fire a missile from the YF-12A
Me and Vern Henderson - first military crew to fire a missile from the YF-12A
YF-12 Story


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