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THIS DAY IN AVIATION HISTORY: FRANCIS GARY POWERS U-2 SHOT DOWN
“Especially in light of the U-2 that was shot down over Cuba in 1962, I understood my father's frustration. All of the sudden, Washington officials were faced with the political dilemma of having to admit that the Soviets were more advanced than they realized,” Francis Gary Powers Jr. One of the most...
Cool videos show B-47 strategic bombers doing Immelmann Turns and Barrel Rolls
The two, cool videos in this post clearly show why B-47 crews loved this aircraft's maneuverability and sweet handling for good reason.' The two, cool videos in this post clearly show why B-47 crews loved this aircraft's maneuverability and sweet handling for good reason.' In 1954...
RB-47H shot down: when a Soviet MiG-19 downed a USAF Elint plane over the Barents Sea
On the turn the MiG-19 broke away from the RB-47H before swinging back to attack with cannon fire. Two firing passes were made and the aircraft was shot down... During the second half of 1955 the USAF had re-equipped their main strategic Elint unit, the 55 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (SRW), based a Forbes AFB, Kansas, with the specially-modified RB-47H variant...
Col. Bruce Olmstead was assigned to the 55th Wing when his RB-47B reconnaissance jet was shot down on July 1, 1960 Fifty-seven years after he was shot down by the Soviet Union and later imprisoned for seven months, Col. Bruce Olmstead will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Jul. 27. The former RB-47 co-pilot died last October. Olmstead was assigned...
At its peak use in 1958, the USAF operated 28 B-47 bomb wings and four RB-47 reconnaissance wings, totaling 1,357 B-47s and 175 RB-47s The Boeing B-47 Stratojet represented a milestone in aviation history and a revolution in aircraft design. In fact it incorporated many advanced features for the time, including swept wings, jet engines in underwing pods, fuselage mounted...

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