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The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi's SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation Eldorado Canyon
“You know the part in 'High Flight'—where it talks about putting out your hand to touch the face of God? Well, when we're at speed and altitude in the SR, we have to slow down and descend in order to do that,” Gil Bertelson, former SR-71 Blackbird pilot. The SR-71, the most advanced...
USAF B-52H bomber makes emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall after experiencing an in-flight emergency
Although not confirmed, it was stated by various sources that two of the B-52H Stratofortress' engines malfunctioned before touch down at Mildenhall's runway. On Jun. 17, 2019, a U.S. Air Force (USAF) Boeing B-52H Stratofortress operating in the European theater, landed at RAF Mildenhall (UK) after experiencing an in-flight emergency. As explained by...
Cool video shows rare formation of USAF MC-130Js flying through Mach Loop
“One circuit of the Mach Loop would have been nice but the MC-130Js did four Laps in total,” Dafydd Philips. Filmed by our friend Dafydd Philips, the cool clip in this post features a formation of four 352d Special Operations Wing (SOW) MC-130Js during low level training in Mach Loop Low Flying Area 7...
Author of SR-71's most stolen picture explains how he got the shot of the ultimate Blackbird super-low knife edge pass
“The photo in this post came about because my young nephew at the time, was madly interested in aeroplanes, particularly Blackbird,” Robin Harbour. Although I’ve never made any money from my photographs, I have always been aware of copyright issues and feel that every photograph should carry the photographers name with it as proof of...
Three USAF RC-135S Cobra Ball spy planes were airborne when North Korea launched Hwasong-15 ICBM
Former Tech. Sgt. Monica Elfriede Witt was charged with espionage on Feb. 13, 2019 Former Tech. Sgt. Monica Elfriede Witt, a former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who had defected to Iran and who was charged with espionage on Feb. 13, 2019, served as an airborne crypto linguist on board a RC-135...
"U.S. spy planes often fly at 10-15 km from Russia's south border" Russian official says
The USAF has started to prepare for the closure of RAF Mildenhall with about 530 USAF personnel and 740 dependants being relocated to RAF Fairford The U.S. Air Force’s 95th Reconnaissance Squadron (RS) and 488th Intelligence Squadron (IS) will relocate its RC-135 Rivet Joint mission from RAF Mildenhall to RAF Fairford as part of the European Infrastructure Consolidation. The U.S. Air...
The story of Belmont 86, the SR-71 that made an emergency landing in Norway after spying over Murmansk
"My call sign was 'Belmont 86' and my transmissions to approach control were something like this: 'Bodø Approach, Belmont 86, six-zero miles west, declaring an in-flight emergency, request straight-in approach to land on runway zero seven.' 'Belmont 86, say aircraft type, nature of emergency, souls-on-board, and fuel remaining.' 'Bodø Approach, Belmont 86, US Air Force Tactical, engine problem, 2...
The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi's SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation Eldorado Canyon
"It is a race the SR-71 will not let us lose. The Mach eases to 3.5 as we crest 80,000 feet. We are a bullet now – except faster. Screaming past Tripoli, our phenomenal speed continues to rise, and the screaming Sled pummels the enemy one more time, laying down a parting sonic boom..." SR-71 Blackbird Vs Gaddafi's SAMs. On Apr. 14,...
The story behind this famed SR-71 Blackbird's super low flyby
  "... The cadets now had 107 feet of fire-breathing titanium in their face as the SR-71 levelled and accelerated, in full burner, on the tower side of the infield, closer than expected, maintaining what could only be described as some sort of ultimate knife-edge pass..." The beautiful main image of this article feature the famous photo of an SR-71 Blackbird's...
USAF KC-135 tanker lands safely after having experienced auto pilot warning error over UK airspace
The KC-135 tanker was a transient aircraft from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey A U.S. Air Force (USAF) KC-135 Stratotanker air-to-air refueller has declared an emergency over UK airspace. The tanker crew squawked the emergency #7700 code after having departed from RAF Mildenhall. According to the Flight Emergency monitoring service, the Boeing jet was at 11,000 feet and heading out...

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