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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...
That time a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft exploded after a failed pressure test
The outflow valves which are used to regulate the pressure of the KC-135 were capped off during a 5 year overhaul and never opened back up The impressive photos in this post show the result of failed pressure test on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. "This is an example of what happens when we do not pay attention to detail, and do...
"U.S. spy planes often fly at 10-15 km from Russia's south border" Russian official says
RQ-4 Global Hawk drones along with RC-135 and P-8A Poseidon spy planes approach the southern Russian border at 10-15 km distance According to Lieutenant-General Viktor Sevostyanov, Commander of the 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army of Russia’s Southern Military District, U.S. spy planes often fly very close to the Russian border during their flights over the Black Sea. In fact...
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...
The RC-135 could be seen at 27,000ft as it was gathering intelligence about Kaliningrad naval air base on the Baltic Sea As reported by the Daily Mail, on Apr. 25, 2017 a Royal Air Force (RAF) RC-135W Airseeker (as the RC-135 Rivet Joint is codenamed by the RAF) spy plane was tracked by plane spotters using a £2.99 mobile phone app as...
The landing gear was retracting into place. However, it continued to bounce around and would not lock. As told by Delanie Stafford, 55th Wing Public Affairs in the article Offutt teams with RAF 51 Squadron to fix Airseeker landing gear, the 55th Wing marked another historic milestone when a Royal Air Force (RAF) RC-135 ‘Airseeker’ aircraft diverted to Offutt Air...

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