The Thrill of Flying the SR-71 Blackbird:
Mach 3-plus, trying to outrace missiles closing from behind at Mach 5. But they don't have as much fuel and you have a head start.
After several agonizingly long seconds, we made the turn and blasted toward the Mediterranean 'You might want to pull it back,' Walter suggested. It was then that I noticed I still had the throttles full forward. The plane was flying a mile every 1.6 seconds, well above our Mach 3.2 limit. It was the fastest we would ever fly. I pulled the throttles to idle just south of Sicily , but we still overran the refueling tanker awaiting us over Gibraltar.