Tag: U-2

Skunk Works Integrates F-35 with U-2 Spy Plane to Provide Early Warning for Ballistic Missile Intercept Test
During the demonstration, called Project Riot, an F-35 detected a long-range missile launch with its onboard sensors and shared the information through the U-2 to the air defense commander on the ground, enabling the commander to quickly make the decision to target the threat. Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, the Missile Defense Agency and...
Here are the Unique Challenges faced by McGuire squadron to transport U-2 Chase Cars over the Altantic
“The U-2 chase vehicles we received have no Air Transportability Test Loading Agency certification. They have no fixed area to be restrained or tied down in the aircraft, so there’s no black and white way on how to transport them,” Staff Sgt. Ryan Murray, 305th APS load planning supervisor. For the 305th Aerial...
A-10 drivers receive Distinguished Flying Cross medals for strafing mission in Syria that saved over 50 U.S. personnel
"Area 51 is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces," USAF spokeswoman. It started as a bit of a joke, but now the US Air Force (USAF) has told people not to go near...
“They Can't Stop All of Us Because the Truth is Out There:” 250,000 Alien Hunters Want to Storm Area 51 Next September
The event will see a group of alien hunters meeting at 3 a.m. on Sep. 20, 2019 near the top-secret U.S. Air Force Base to coordinate a plan of attack to reveal the truth behind Area 51 curtain. According to Fox News, more than 250,000 people have signed up to attend a Facebook...
Mayday! A detailed description of Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 shoot-down
Losing a U-2 over the Soviet Union was the nightmare scenario, and Francis Gary Powers was not dreaming. It was around 6:20 on Sunday May 1, 1960 when a member of the crew pulled the ladder away and slammed the canopy shut. The pilot then locked it from the inside. As Francis Gary Powers taxied on...
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...
The Story of Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal, the First Black Female U-2 Dragon Lady Pilot
Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal has flown at the edge of space and witnessed a shooting star from the inside of a cockpit. She achieved what no African American woman ever had before. As a child she imagined flying amongst the stars, thousands of miles above the earth’s surface, and today Lt. Col. Merryl...
The unknown story of U-2 flight that went lost over the North Pole and nearly escalated the Cuban Missile Crisis
Two Air Defense Command Convair F-102 Delta Dagger interceptors were scrambled to counter the MiG-19s and guide the U-2 home. On each Delta Dagger were nuclear-tipped GAR-11 Nuclear Falcon missiles... If there was any one factor during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 that could have escalated the situation out of the...
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...
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,...

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