spy plane

U-2 driver explains why Dragon Lady pilots must stall the U-2 in the air in order to land the iconic spy plane

U-2 driver explains why Dragon Lady pilots must stall the U-2 in the air in order to land the iconic spy plane

The U-2 The U-2 provides high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance, day or night, in direct support of US and allied… Read More

2 months ago

RAF Phantom pilot recalls when he and his navigator grinned at the cameras of a Soviet Il-62 Classic spy plane disguised as an Aeroflot airliner

The RAF Phantom The Phantom formed a major part of the Royal Air Force’s combat aircraft strength for over twenty… Read More

4 months ago

Flying the SR-71 with just one engine in full afterburner was Blackbird aircrews’ most dangerous operation. SR-71 pilots explain why.

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

4 months ago

The story of when a Taiwanese U-2 pilot flamed out at 70,000 feet over the Rocky Mountains and glided to a rough night landing at a remote airport in Colorado

The U-2 The U-2 is still considered today to be one of the most technologically advanced aircraft ever built. It’s… Read More

5 months ago

British Secret U-2 operations and the RAF pilots who flew the Dragon Lady on CIA’s behalf during the Cold War

British U-2 operations Although known through authors like Chris Pocock and Paul Lashmar, for many years the UK government consistently… Read More

6 months ago

The story of the Catholic priest who got an SR-71 VIP ride and flew at Mach 3.52 breaking the Blackbird Speed Record

The Catholic priest who got an SR-71 Blackbird ride The actual unofficial top speed of the SR-71 Blackbird is Mach… Read More

8 months ago

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works tests U-2 new advanced capabilities in first flight of the Dragon Lady’s Avionics Tech Refresh program

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works completed the first flight of the U-2 Dragon Lady's (ATR) program. Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, in… Read More

8 months ago

Legendary “Sled Driver” Brian Shul tells the story behind his famed SR-71 Blackbird Ground Speed Check

“Sled Driver” Brian Shul As every aviation geek knows, legendary “Sled Driver” Brian Shul passed away in the night of… Read More

9 months ago

In the early 1960s Soviet Union sold titanium to the US believing they needed it for Pizza Ovens but instead they used it to build the iconic SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3+ spy plane

After all, they fraudulently possibly told their comrades that the United States was a lazy country that probably couldn’t even… Read More

11 months ago

KC-97 Navigator tells the story of when his tanker refueled the then top-secret U-2 planes flying spy missions over Soviet Union

I was talking our first "hookup" down to us-- asked his altitude "classified", airspeed "classified" and finally "rate of descent"-… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the U-2 pilot that took part in O Club parties wearing fake bad teeth to joke about the ozone level effect on U-2 drivers

Buddy Brown (Buddy is not a nickname it’s his real name) was one of a handful of men in the… Read More

1 year ago

Two little Dents placed on the Nose of the Blackbird prevented Surface-to-air Missiles from Scoring any Hit on the SR-71. Here’s how.

They aren’t dents, they were put there on purpose for the more advanced ECM systems the SR-71 Blackbird got in… Read More

1 year ago

Here’s why SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy plane’s titanium parts made in summer corroded while those made in winter didn’t

The SR-71 Blackbird airframes were built almost entirely of titanium and other exotic alloys to withstand heat generated by sustained… Read More

1 year ago

Blackbird pilots explain why flying the SR-71 with just one engine in full afterburner was Blackbird aircrews’ most dangerous operation

Taken on Nov. 1, 1981 by US Air Force (USAF) Scene Camera Operator Ken Hackman, the interesting photos in this… Read More

1 year ago

U-2 Vs SR-71: former USAF Avionics Technician explains why the Dragon Lady still flies spy missions while the Blackbird had been retired

While the U-2 is still in active service today, the US Air Force (USAF) retired its fleet of SR-71s on… Read More

2 years ago

SR-71 pilot tells the story of when he and his RSO were able to save their Blackbird after it had an engine explosion above 60,000 feet and Mach 2.5

Blackbird pilot Ben Bowles and RSO Butch Sheffield were presented the Air Force “Well Done” award when they saved SR-71… Read More

2 years ago