Tag: spy plane

USAF RC-135V Rivet Joint Spy Plane flies over Black Sea amid Naval Clash between Russia and Ukraine
Flight Radar monitors showed the RC-135V has been flying close to the Crimean Peninsula, a Russian territory in the Black Sea A U.S. Air Force (USAF) Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint spy plane has reportedly been deployed for a reconnaissance mission amid the naval clash between Russia and Ukraine. The aircraft is said to be flying over the Black Sea after leaving...
The story of Carmine Vito, the only U-2 pilot to fly over Moscow
“I learned later that the Soviets launched at least five fighters to intercept my flight. Two planes took off initially. The lead plane aborted takeoff, ran off the runway, and exploded. The wingman went through lead’s flames and then bailed out. Two more airplanes scrambled and were refueled in the air. Those airplanes got lost or collided. The pilots...
SR-71... or RS-71? How the legendary Blackbird got her designation
The tale said that President Johnson was supposed to name the Blackbird the "RS-71" and that he confused the letters, reversed them, and said "SR-71" The following story appears in Col. Richard H. Graham's book Flying the SR-71 Blackbird. On 24 July, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave a news conference at the State Department auditorium with 315 people in attendance. For...
Time to eject! A-12 pilot explains how he was able to bail out safely from his Oxcart after it went into a flat inverted spin
"In a matter of seconds, all hell broke out. Without any warning the A-12 pitched up and went into a flat inverted spin," Ken Collins, A-12 test pilot In 1959, Lockheed began work on the design of a long-range, high-altitude plane, then known as the A-11. It was a Cold War project. Heading the project team was Clarence "Kelly" Johnson,...
That time a RAF Phantom shot down a RAF Jaguar: the unknown story of the British Phantom's only air-to-air kill
"Keeping the Phantom in that position for about six or seven minutes, my navigator and I grinned at the cameras, struck tops of our bone domes lingeringly and flamboyantly, offered thumbs up and gestures until, eventually, the Classic captain made a classic turn onto a south-easterly course...," Alan Winkles, former Phantom driver The U.K. operated the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II as one...
Project Blue Book and the story of how UFO sightings were used to cover high altitude U-2 flights
From 1955 many of the UFO sightings reported to Project Blue Book were U-2 spy planes conducting high altitude testing In the mid-1950s USAF and CIA used UFO sightings to cover very high altitude flights of their then secret U-2 spy planes. Born in March 1952 on the initiative of General Cabell, the so called Project Blue Book was the U.S....