SA-2 Guideline

The story of the only Blackbird Mach 3+ spy plane hit by a SAM: the day a North Vietnamese SA-2 damaged an A-12 Oxcart

The story of the only Blackbird Mach 3+ spy plane hit by a SAM: the day a North Vietnamese SA-2 damaged an A-12 Oxcart

The Blackbird Family The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the… Read More

2 weeks ago

The Soviet MiG-19 pilot shot down and killed by Soviet SAMs while he was trying to intercept the already destroyed Francis Gary Powers’ U-2

The downing of Francis Gary Powers' U-2 Built in complete secrecy by Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works, the original U-2A first… Read More

3 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls when he and his RSO pushed their Blackbird to Mach 3.5 and outran Gaddafi’s SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation El Dorado Canyon

Operation El Dorado Canyon On Apr. 14, 1986 a strike-group of 18 US Air Force (USAF) F-111 fighter bombers supported… Read More

3 months ago

“Wild Weasel sighted SAM site—Destroyed same.” The story of Wild Weasel’s First Kill

The F-100F Wild Weasel After the single-seat, supersonic F-100 fighter entered service in 1954, it developed a high accident rate,… Read More

5 months ago

HUD Video shows Badass F-16 Pilot dodging 6 Iraqi SAMs (without chaff or flares!) over Baghdad during Operation Desert Storm

F-16 dodging 6 Iraqi SAMs Taken during the Package Q air strike into Baghdad on Jan. 19, 1991 the famous… Read More

6 months ago

The day an SR-71 Blackbird crew used the Morse code to say “F**k” off to North Korean regime (They were preparing to shoot SAMs in neutral airspace)

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71 spy plane, the most advanced member of the Blackbird family that included the A-12 and… Read More

7 months ago

The U-2 that crashed in Bolivia after its pilot died suffering hypoxia while overflying Cuba and after US Navy F-4s failed to shoot it down

The U-2 and the Cuban Missile Crisis Built in complete secrecy by Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works, the… Read More

8 months ago

The story of the U-2 shot down that nearly escalated the Cuban Missile Crisis into World War III

The U-2 and the Cuban Missile Crisis Built in complete secrecy by Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works, the… Read More

9 months ago

The story of the USMC EF-10B aircrew that penetrated Cuban airspace and the Skyknight ELINT missions flown during the Cuban Missile Crisis

USMC EF-10B Skyknight over Cuba. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev escalated the military build up of Cuba from April 1962 with… Read More

9 months ago

SR-71 RSO recalls when his Blackbird Photographed all of the SA-2 SAM Sites in North Korea in One Mission before doing an Emergency Landing in South Korea

The SR-71 Blackbird CLICK HERE to see The Aviation Geek Club contributor Linda Sheffield’s T-shirt designs! Linda has a personal relationship with… Read More

9 months ago

The story of the Chinese SA-2 that shot down a Taiwanese RB-57D spy plane and scored the first ever SAM-Kill

The RB-57D Entering service, the same year as the more famous U-2, the RB-57D helped fill the US Air Force's… Read More

10 months ago

Two Blackbird Mach 3 Spy Planes were Hit by North Vietnamese Air Defenses: one A-12 was hit with shrapnel, another Oxcart was damaged by SAM debris

How close did a Blackbird Mach 3 spy plane ever come to being shot down? The iconic SR-71 Blackbird spy… Read More

11 months ago

F-105 pilot explains how the SAC bomber philosophy imposed to Thud crews contributed to the F-105’s high loss rate over Vietnam

F-105 high loss rate over Vietnam Facing the most formidably concentrated air defences in history, pilots of the F-105D Thunderchief… Read More

1 year ago

During Operation Desert Storm an F-4G Wild Weasel dodged 6 SAMs in few seconds. Here’s how.

‘I immediately selected AB, rolled the aircraft inverted, and pulled. All this while keeping the SA-2s on the beam. I… Read More

1 year ago

Outdated WWII tactics and Soviet-manned North Vietnamese SAMs: An in-depth analysis of how 15 B-52 bombers were shot down during Operation Linebacker II

While the Soviet SAMs, AAA, and Russian advisors had a lot to do with shooting down 15 B-52s and damaging… Read More

2 years ago

That time an SR-71 Blackbird crew used the Morse code to say “F**k” off to North Korean regime (They were preparing to shoot SAMs in neutral airspace)

The very next day they attempted to shoot down the SR-71 Blackbird flown Murray Rosenberg and Ed McKim with an… Read More

2 years ago

Bat 21 Gene Hambleton tells the story of when his EB-66 was shot down and recalls his harrowing rescue

"They were within two minutes of picking me up and all at once the helicopter goes up in a ball… Read More

2 years ago