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  • RAF planes could be sent to spy on North Korea's nuclear bases after US asks for help...

    08/19/2017 5:39:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Mirror ^ | 10 AUG 2017 | CHRIS HUGHES
    RAF planes could be sent to spy on North Korea's nuclear bases after US asks for help hunting Kim Jong-un's missile stocks The RAF has been asked to join an international spy operation over the rogue state to pinpoint military bases BY CHRIS HUGHES 22:21, 10 AUG 2017 UPDATED13:21, 11 AUG 2017 As North Korea ramps up threats to unleash missile strikes , the US has called on Britain to help find Kim Jong-un ’s military bases. The RAF has been asked to join an international spy operation over the rogue state to pinpoint nuclear sites and artillery batteries. US...
  • Unarmed Russian Air Force jet flies over Pentagon, Capitol, CIA, White House

    08/10/2017 8:21:27 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 34 replies
    An unarmed Russian Air Force reconnaissance jet flew over several government buildings and landmarks in the nation's capital Wednesday, including the Pentagon, U.S. Capitol, National Mall and the White House, ABC News has confirmed. The flight over what is normally some of the most secure airspace in the nation was allowed under the Treaty of Open Skies that allows ....
  • US 'spy plane' makes emergency landing in Russia after 'problem with its landing gear'

    07/28/2016 8:22:39 AM PDT · by orchestra · 81 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/28/2016 | Will Stewart
    A United States 'spy plane' has made an emergency landing in eastern Russia, it has emerged today. The surveillance Boeing OC-135B aircraft was flying a mission over Siberia as allowed under the Treaty on Open Skies when it reported a problem with its landing gear. The unarmed plane made an emergency landing at Khabarovsk airport, but a military source in Russia has questioned whether the technical glitch was genuine.
  • US spy plane evades Russians, enters Swedish airspace

    08/03/2014 4:36:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This story apparently took place last month, right after Malaysia flight 17 was shot down over the Russia – Ukraine border area, but we’re only hearing about it now. A United States aircraft – a Boeing RC-135 – was performing reconnaissance of Russian forces when the Russians noticed, began tracking the craft using ground radar and dispatched a fighter jet to intercept it. Complicating the issue is the fact that the US plane took evasive action which included flying into Swedish airspace without getting permission to do so. Once the crew on board the spy plane realized they were...
  • Friend of Shane Osborn, not Navy, issued memo that supports him

    05/07/2014 8:58:25 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 3 replies ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | Steve Liewer
    Read the memo circulated by Shane Osborn's U.S. Senate campaign to counter criticism about his decision in April 2001 to land a disabled Navy reconnaissance plane in China. * * *Dogged by questions about his 2001 decision to land a crippled Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane in China, U.S. Senate candidate Shane Osborn has distributed an official-looking Navy memo supporting his account.The memo, written Aug. 8, 2013, on Navy letterhead, is titled “Disposition of actions by EP-3E flight crew on April 1, 2001.” It explains that Osborn's plane was authorized to land on China's Hainan island “due to the extreme circumstances...
  • An SR-71 Blackbird Tail Fin Is For Sale On eBay For $1 Million

    06/02/2012 6:42:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | June 1, 2012 | Benjamin Preston
    An SR-71 Blackbird Tail Fin Is For Sale On eBay For $1 Million A tail rudder from the fastest airplane in the world could be yours — for a cool $1 million. The seller didn't say if it was a spare part, or if it was once part of a functioning SR-71 Blackbird, which is an important distinction given the cost. When it debuted in 1964, the SR-71 Blackbird — the mean looking surveillance aircraft that cruised high above the Soviet Union at speeds of up to mach 3.5 — cost the U.S. Air Force $34 million per air frame....
  • Killer at 70,000 Feet

    04/05/2012 1:28:58 AM PDT · by U-238 · 18 replies
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Mark Betancourt
    U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Henry thought the tiny red dots on his skin were insect bites. But as he relaxed at a Florida beach house with a fellow pilot on a day off in 1990, he noticed he was the only one getting bitten. Henry wouldn’t learn until later that the dots were capillaries breaking under the strain of nitrogen bubbles that had formed during his latest flight in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, 10 hours earlier. He would find out the hard way how much worse it could get. Henry had been flying the U-2 since 1987, and...
  • Air Force's U-2 aircraft get new lease on life

    02/24/2012 9:22:11 PM PST · by U-238 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    CNET ^ | 2/22/2012 | Jonathan E. Skillings
    The draft of the federal budget for 2013 pulls back the throttle on the rival Global Hawk program. An Air Force general says the U-2, a design that dates to the 1950s, is "the stronger system." Score one for old-school aircraft against the upstart drones. Perhaps it's just a brief respite from the seemingly inevitable winds of change propelling unmanned aircraft ever higher in the Pentagon's airpower depth charts, but the venerable U-2 spy plane has won a key vote of confidence over the unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk. That victory came not in a head-to-head aerial dogfight, but in a...
  • Pakistan receives US surveillance aircraft

    02/21/2012 1:59:38 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 21, 2012 | The Times of India
    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani navy took delivery Tuesday of two state-of-the-art, US-made surveillance aircraft nine months after Islamist militants destroyed two similar planes, officials said. Pakistan said the P3C aircraft, modified with the latest avionics, are designed to improve surveillance in the North Arabian sea, one of the world's most important shipping routes deeply troubled by Somali piracy. "The two aircraft have been delivered to the Pakistan navy. These aircraft have been provided under the foreign military funding programme," a spokesman for the US embassy in Islamabad, told AFP. Relations between Pakistan and the United States were severely damaged last year...
  • Onboard pilot optional with Northrop's Firebird spy plane

    05/09/2011 10:57:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 9, 2011 | W.J. Hennigan
    Aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp. has quietly developed a new spy plane that can listen in on phone conversations, use high-powered radar and shoot live video footage as it flies at 30,000 feet above the Earth. And the spy plane, expected to be unveiled Monday, would operate with or without a pilot sitting in the cockpit. Until now, U.S. military aircraft have been designed to either have a pilot on board or be an unmanned drone. But Northrop's new plane, dubbed the Firebird, can switch from being a traditional aircraft to a drone with just a few modifications. The Century...
  • In about-face, Cuban spy says planes were shot down over international waters

    12/26/2010 7:51:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Sunday, 12.26.10 | JAY WEAVER
    In about-face, Cuban spy says planes were shot down over international waters BY JAY WEAVER Since Cuban Air Force pilots obliterated two planes ferrying four Miami men in 1996, Cuba's leaders have strongly disputed U.S. and United Nations findings that the fatal shoot-downs happened in international airspace. Aiming to place the controversial killings in Cuban territory was a linchpin of the defense at the trial of five Cuban spies, one of whom was convicted of murder conspiracy. But now, spymaster Gerardo Hernandez, serving a life sentence, has made a startling about-face: In a last-ditch appeal, he suddenly agrees that...
  • Inside Boeing's Phantom Eye

    12/22/2010 10:05:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/22/2010 | Graham Warwick
    A glimpse inside Boeing's Phantom Eye hydrogen-fueled unmanned aircraft has been provided by the Phantom Works' Keith Monteith, in a presentation to September's High Altitude and Near Space conference. The company-funded high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) demonstrator is planned to fly next year. The design is dominated by two things: the slender 150ft-span wing and the two 8ft-diameter liquid-hydrogen tanks that result in a bulbous fuselage. Both are driven by the requirement to demonstrate an endurance of at least four days above 60,000ft, to prove the technical readiness of hydrogen propulsion.
  • Leaked cables show US, UK quarrel on spy flights

    12/04/2010 5:48:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/4/2010 | Sylvia Hui
    British officials complained to U.S. diplomats about secret American spy flights using foreign U.K. airbases, fearing that the data collected during those missions could implicate their country in potential human rights violations, according to secret diplomatic memos released by WikiLeaks. The British officials demanded from American diplomats that all such flights in the future be cleared by London, according to the cables sent by U.S. Embassy in London in 2008, and which were released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday. American officials dismissed the British concerns and demands as burdensome and obstructive to counterterrorism efforts, the cables showed.
  • Does it matter that Britain lost a Russian nuclear submarine?

    10/18/2010 10:10:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/19/2010 | Nicholas Watt
    Britain's defence chiefs were said to have been deeply unamused when a Russian nuclear submarine slipped away from the gaze of our military spies. I wrote this morning about how the "layer cake" of surveillance lost the submarine last summer as it left the headquarters of the old Soviet northern fleet in Severomorsk near Murmansk. It was picked up three weeks later on patrol in the Atlantic. Does this matter? Rob Hewson, editor of Jane's Air-Launched Weapons, thinks not. This is what he told me: The fact that we cannot track a Russian missile submarine, of which there are very...
  • U-2 Spy Jet Close to Retirement but Still Useful

    04/04/2010 2:14:34 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 618+ views
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 3/25/2010 | Wharton Aerospace
    The Pentagon was on the verge of retiring the U-2 spy plane four years ago, but Congress blocked the mothballing, saying the plane still had plenty of life and utility. The plane, which was designed to detect nuclear missiles during the Cold War, is now playing a greater role in spotting roadside bombs in the war in Afghanistan, according to an article in The New York Times. The plane can fly at twice the height of commercial jets to evade anti-aircraft missiles, but its sensors can detect spots where dirt has been disturbed to plant roadside bombs. This capability, which...
  • Breathtaking spy plane footage.

    11/27/2009 4:32:05 AM PST · by Doogle · 66 replies · 3,006+ views ^ | 11/27/09 |
    ..pretty cool clip
  • James May at the Edge of Space (BBC Documentary)

    06/25/2009 1:17:34 PM PDT · by bethybabes69 · 24 replies · 889+ views
    James May always wanted to be an astronaut. Now, 40 years after the first Apollo landings, he gets a chance to fly to the edge of space in a U2 spy plane. But first he has to undergo three gruelling days of training with the US Air Force and learn to use a space suit to stay alive in air so thin it can kill in an instant. He discovers that during the flight there are only two people higher than him, and they are both real astronauts on the International Space Station.
  • N. Korea says it will shoot down U.S. spy jets flying over rocket launch site(shade of '68?)

    03/31/2009 7:40:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 1,136+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/01/09
    N. Korea says it will shoot down U.S. spy jets flying over rocket launch site SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea warned Wednesday it will shoot down any U.S. spy jets monitoring its imminent satellite launch, an unusually harsh threat against the routine aerial reconnaissance activity. The North regularly publishes its count of aerial spy flights by South Korea and the United States. The warning followed the North's own report on Tuesday saying the U.S. and South Korea conducted at least 190 aerial espionage missions over its territory, including flights over a northeastern region where the North is preparing...
  • Yemen shoots down Iran-manufactured drone

    03/28/2007 2:34:06 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 820+ views via translation - Security source : spy plane shot down by the Iranian air defense Bhoudrmot manufacture View News / special : View News correspondent in Hadramawt security sources as assurances that the spy plane that was shot down in Mivan Bhoudrmot dropped the air defense part of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The sources pointed out that the Iranian plane was manufactured in carrying out espionage on the coast of the Arabian Sea off the coast of Yemen and air defense managed to topple a week ago. She drew the Yemeni authorities recently implicit accusations to both Iran...
  • North Korea accuses US plane of spying

    06/16/2006 4:51:56 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies · 858+ views
    Mail & Guardian Online ^ | 16 June 2006 | AFP
    North Korea's air force on Friday accused a United States reconnaissance plane of intruding into its territorial waters to spy on strategic targets. Its Air Force Command said that a US RC-135 plane being refuelled in the air had spied on strategic targets for hours after flying over its waters off the north-east coast. "The ceaseless illegal intrusions of their strategic reconnaissance planes on spy missions have created an imminent danger of military clash in the sky above those waters," it warned in a statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency. It was North Korea's second warning in...