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  • 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 wouldnt 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...
  • Poland, US Sign Deal For Pilotless Spy Planes

    04/22/2006 9:26:47 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 395+ views
    Morningstar ^ | 04-22-06
    Poland, US Sign Deal For Pilotless Spy Planes 04-22-06 10:10 AM EST WARSAW (AP)--An agreement between the U.S. and Poland will provide the Eastern European country with its own fleet of unmanned spy planes, or drones, the Polish Defense Ministry said Saturday. "We signed an agreement for two packages of Shadow 200 planes," Defense Ministry spokesman Piotr Paszkowski said. Paszkowski declined to give further details, but the Polish daily Dziennik reported Saturday that the planes built by United Industrial Corp. (UIC) unit AAI Corp. are being paid for by the U.S. under the Foreign Military Finance program and will cost...
  • Japan: 107 Alerts on Chinese Spy Planes (vs. 13 last year)

    04/20/2006 10:05:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 602+ views
    AP ^ | 04/20/06 | HIROKO TABUCHI
    Japan: 107 Alerts on Chinese Spy Planes By HIROKO TABUCHI, Associated Press Writer Thu Apr 20, 3:14 PM ET Japan has scrambled fighter jets 107 times this year to intercept suspected Chinese spy planes, a top general said Thursday, amid growing concern in Tokyo over China's arms buildup. The 107 alerts in the first three months of 2006 the most in at least a decade were a dramatic increase from the previous year, when fighters scrambled only 13 times against Chinese planes, said Gen. Hajime Massaki. "Chinese activities in areas around Japanese territory have reached unprecedented levels," the...
  • Spy in sky counts days to last flight MiG 25 retires in May

    04/08/2006 11:40:24 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 58 replies · 5,696+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Saturday, April 08, 2006 | The Telegraph
    New Delhi, April 7: Photographs of militant training camps across the Line of Control, images of Pakistani army and armoured corps movements, mapping of new roads built by adversaries in sensitive border regions ever wondered how India gets hold of these pictures? The secret, so far, was in the Indian Air Forces MiG 25 aircraft that are to be junked from service next month. The high-altitude surveillance aircraft capable of flying at 2.8 Mach will fly its last sortie for the IAF on May 1 from the base of the 102 Trisonic Squadron at Bareilly. IAF pilots recall some...
  • US offers India 8 P-3C Orion surveillance aircraft

    09/14/2005 5:23:36 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 16 replies · 554+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1636 hours IST | The Indian Express
    Bangalore, September 14: The US has offered to sell eight P-3C Orion naval reconnaissance aircraft to India and New Delhi is examining the proposal, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash said today. The US has offered to modernise eight old P-3C Orion planes and supply to India, he told reporters here. "We are examining that offer," the Naval Chief said. Admiral Prakash said India needs some maritime reconnaissance aircraft as "we lost a few and some have retired." "So, we are looking out for a replacement. This (the US offer) is one of the candidates." Russia has also...
  • U.S. Spy Plane Pilot Dies in Asia Crash

    06/22/2005 7:32:23 AM PDT · by Frank_Discussion · 34 replies · 1,438+ views
    WaPo ^ | June 22, 2005 | By PATRICK QUINN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane has crashed in southwest Asia while returning to its base, killing the pilot, the military said Wednesday. The cause of Tuesday night's crash was under investigation, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. One official said the location of the crash was not released because "host nation sensitivities" were involved. The Central Command's statement used the term "southwest Asia," which can be used as a substitute for describing the Middle East. The pilot was returning to a base from a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. One...
  • U2 Spy Plane Crashes (June, '05)

    06/21/2005 9:40:49 PM PDT · by kristinn · 215 replies · 10,819+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Wednesday, June 22, 2005
    WASHINGTON, June 21 - A U-2 spy plane crashed Tuesday night in Southwest Asia, the Defense Department announced, specifying an area where American aircraft support missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The crash is the first of a U-2 in that region. Military officials who have been briefed on the crash said early indications were that the plane crashed on landing at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, its home base. The were no indications of hostile fire, they said. The cause of the crash and status of the pilot are not known, the Pentagon said.
  • Spy Plane Crew Member Speaks of Heroes

    11/09/2001 10:08:24 PM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 266+ views
    AP | 11/10/01
    EVERETT, Wash., Nov 10, 2001 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- A crew member on the spy plane that collided with a Chinese fighter jet and landed on Hainan island says no one on board was a hero. Instead, the heroism of those combing the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York was hailed by Lt. j.g. Richard Payne at a veterans appreciation dinner Thursday night. Payne was the tactical evaluator on the surveillance plane that made an emergency landing April 1 after the collision with the Chinese fighter. He and the other 23 crew members from the Whidbey ...
  • The coolest spy plane ever built, SR-71.

    02/05/2005 3:15:15 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 346 replies · 7,183+ views
    Various ^ | 2-5-05
    <p>The coolest spy plane ever built, SR-71. I was watching Modern Marvels on the History channel last night. This aircraft broke all kinds of international speed and alitude records which still have not been beaten today. It was nothing for them to fly at 80,000 feet and it was a piece of cake to fly at about mach 3, or about 2100 mph. For those of you old enough, remember the sonic boom days? About 750 miles would create a sonic boom, or a doppler effect.</p>
  • North Korean Fliers Said to Have Sought Hostages

    03/07/2003 7:52:32 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 100 replies · 586+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 03/08/03 | ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON, March 7 The North Korean fighter jets that intercepted an unarmed American spy plane over the Sea of Japan last weekend were trying to force the aircraft to land in North Korea and take its crew hostage, a senior defense official said today. One of the four North Korean MIG's came within 50 feet of the American plane, an Air Force RC-135S Cobra Ball aircraft, and the pilot made internationally recognized hand signals to the American flight crew to follow him, presumably back to his home base, the official said. The American crew members ignored the gesture commands,...
  • Y. mini spy plane flying high

    10/10/2003 8:56:23 AM PDT · by skyman · 13 replies · 280+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | 10/10/03 | Leigh Dethman
    Y. mini spy plane flying high By Leigh Dethman Deseret Morning News PROVO No, it's not a paper airplane, though you can fold it up. BYU graduate student Walt Johnson launches one of the computer-guided mini planes. "This is exactly the kind of work that I'd like to do professionally," he says. Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News It's a child's and apparently a general's dream: an airplane you can pull out of your pocket, program it where to fly and throw it into the air. This isn't origami but the creation of a few ingenious Brigham Young...
  • Navy: Spy plane secrets compromised by Chinese

    09/11/2003 9:18:31 PM PDT · by Bobby777 · 21 replies · 293+ views
    CNN.Com / U.S. ^ | Thursday, September 11, 2003 Posted: 7:03 PM EDT (2303 GMT) | Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The crew of a Navy spy plane that landed on China's Hainan Island in April 2001 after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet did not destroy all classified materials aboard, and it is "highly probable" that some fell into Chinese hands, Navy investigators concluded.</p>
  • Navy: China Likely Has U.S. Spy Secrets

    09/11/2003 4:34:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 16 replies · 228+ views
    AP via The Las Vegas Sun ^ | September 11, 2003 | ROBERT BURNS
    The crew of a Navy spy plane that landed on China's Hainan Island in April 2001 after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet did not destroy all classified materials aboard, and it is "highly probable" that some fell into Chinese hands, Navy investigators concluded. The report, which was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Jane's Defense Weekly, blamed the Chinese fighter pilot for the collision and did not fault the Navy crew for failing to complete the destruction of classified information aboard the EP-3. Specifics about the classified materials were deleted from the released version...
  • USAF's SensorCraft takes shape

    05/12/2003 11:52:20 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 146+ views
    Jane's ^ | May 12 2003 | Michael Sirak
    In the world of aircraft design, just about everything looks good on paper. However, the real viability of a design can only be known for certain when drawing board and computer animation give way to the reality of tooling shop and factory floor. The US Air Force (USAF) is poised to make this critical transition with one of its most ambitious next-generation projects - the SensorCraft. Over the next several years, the service intends to launch the first series of advanced technology demonstrations that it says will usher in a new paradigm in aircraft design. The SensorCraft is a technology...
  • Korea jets tried to kidnap spyplane crew, says America

    03/09/2003 3:29:29 PM PST · by MadIvan · 35 replies · 271+ views
    The Times ^ | March 10, 2003 | Roland Watson
    PENTAGON officials believe that North Korean fighter pilots were trying to capture the crew of an American spyplane that they intercepted last weekend. Rather than the interception being a chance encounter in international airspace, US military officials now think that the jets had been sent on a well-planned mission to force the surveillance aircraft to land in North Korea, where its crew would have been seized. The assessment suggests that, even after ejecting international weapons inspectors, test-firing missiles and reactivating a nuclear facility, there may be no end to the provocation that North Korea is prepared to use as it...
  • U.N. alerted Iraq before U-2 flights (48 hrs warning!)

    02/18/2003 8:15:11 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 19 replies · 279+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb. 18, 2003 | WorldNetDaily
    The United Nations gave Iraq 48 hours warning before it launched U-2 spy planes in support of weapons inspectors, according to an Israel radio report cited by the Jerusalem Post. A U.N. weapons inspections team spokesman said Iraq requested that its authorities be given notice two days in advance of the flights, which began yesterday. Inspection team spokesman Hiro Ueki said in Baghdad today that resumption of the flights signaled that Iraq's cooperation with the inspectors was improving, the Associated Press reported. The spokesman said conditions for the flights are very similar to an agreement made under a former inspection...