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Old 11-25-2016, 09:00 AM
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U2 'Dragonlady' pilots spy on ISIS

CNN rare access to U2 crews flying out of a secret location

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Old 11-25-2016, 09:11 AM
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Those pilots have brass balls
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:17 AM
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Does anyone know why these flights are still manned? I mean, the pilots are flying so high they can't see what they are photographing. Why wouldn't you use a drone? I'm ignorant of this stuff so I'm asking.
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by SrqCraig View Post
Does anyone know why these flights are still manned? I mean, the pilots are flying so high they can't see what they are photographing. Why wouldn't you use a drone? I'm ignorant of this stuff so I'm asking.
There flying something like 7 miles up. Don't need to worry about anything shooting you down at that height.
They don't need to see what there photographing. They just need to fly a specific route.
The use of the plane can photograph a larger area at one time vs a drone
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Why would there be so many bad landings?
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Why would there be so many bad landings?
Because they are flying a huge glider that is very susceptible to any wind gusts..

and I agree on BIG BALLS...I was looking for the wheel barrel they had to put them in....When you gotta get in a space suit to fly, you know it is serious...
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Old 11-25-2016, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by wiggreb View Post
Why would there be so many bad landings?
It's tough to balance it on two sets of landing gear
Also it looks like it's steered from the rear like the old time planes.
They drop the gear on the wings when they take off so there isn't anything outside the fuselage when landing to stabilize it?

If you watched the video's it tells you they need a chase car ( 140mph+) to guide the pilot on landing. It's hard to see from inside
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looked like they were going to handcuff the pilot right at the end
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
looked like they were going to handcuff the pilot right at the end
Damn sure did, "cuff up bitch"

Those guys have big ones....
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A friend of mine worked on them in the early 60's, like the B52 and the C-130, they are still around doing the job they were designed to do
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I always got a kick out of watching the chase car, its really cool to see in person.
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
There flying something like 7 miles up. Don't need to worry about anything shooting you down at that height.
They don't need to see what there photographing. They just need to fly a specific route.
The use of the plane can photograph a larger area at one time vs a drone

Sure about that... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_U-2_incident
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It's a wonder we've got any left to fly...
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This is CNN video of flights against in ISIS from a secret location? BS. No disrespect intended on people flying the planes intended.

The sound track sucked - had to turn the volume down. So - one pilots landing was so bad it ought to be criminal- the other pilots ressted him? Funny.
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We recently had a guy leave the cush life of strategic airlift to go orbit these god awful things. I can tell you it's well respected and not too shabby of a career move, but the volunteers have a few screws missing to enjoy it. Just keep in mind the orbits are long, long hours...and there's no bathroom in this puppy.
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I guess they could do the colonoscopy prep before going up.
empty the colon and they should be good for a day or 2
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Originally Posted by CNC Boater View Post
This is CNN video of flights against in ISIS from a secret location? BS. No disrespect intended on people flying the planes intended.

The sound track sucked - had to turn the volume down. So - one pilots landing was so bad it ought to be criminal- the other pilots ressted him? Funny.
So, you don't think it is true? Why so?
Did you miss this part (secret location in the Middle East.)

Sorry it doesn't meet your expectations

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Found this picture online
Anybody on the Kitty Hawk in the 1963?




In 1963, Project WHALE TALE investigated the possibility of U-2 operations from an aircraft carrier. Seen here is a test in August, 1963 from aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. A U-2C took off with a full load of fuel and was airborne within 321 feet without catapult assistance.
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was the blackbird too expensive to run?
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Originally Posted by ylyl1943 View Post
was the blackbird too expensive to run?

I don't believe it had the loiter capability of the U2 and it's the money thing. The Blackbird was extremely expensive to operate.
For actual reconnaissance, you'd be better off being lower and slower.
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