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  • Retiring U-2: As ISIS Battle Looms, Airborne Recon Decays

    09/15/2014 8:27:54 AM PDT · by SZonian · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/11/2014 | Loren Thompson
    On September 10, only hours before the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, President Obama summoned the nation to a renewed campaign against Islamic terrorists in the Middle East. Using one of several names for the fanatics who have seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq, the president said, ďThis counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL, wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground.Ē As the presidentís words indicate, precise application of air power is crucial to this plan. The U.S. has already bombed over...
  • CIA claims that UFOs over Norway were U-2 flights

    07/04/2014 10:12:32 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 19 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | July 4, 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    FULL TITLE: Were aliens the source of UFOs spotted above Norway in the 1950s? No, says the CIA: ĎThat was usí The CIA has claimed responsibility for various UFO sightings in the 1950s They say lights over Norway can be attributed to their U-2 aircraft The plane began flying in secret from 1955 and remains in operation today It is capable of flying up to 70,000 feet, meaning it was much higher than conventional planes in the 50s and 60s This meant that, when some pilots saw sunlight glint off the planes above them, they reported them as UFOs as...
  • Russian Strategic Bombers On West Coast: Did They Take Down LAX Traffic Control Systems?

    05/08/2014 5:42:52 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 58 replies
    SHTFplan.com ^ | 5/6/14 | Mac Slavo
    With the situation in the Ukraine escalating and the US continuing to call for sanctions against Russia’s financial and political elite, Vladimir Putin is now not only mobilizing tens of thousands of troops on his Western front, but sending intercontinental strategic bombers across the Pacific Ocean. According to the US military, it’s the first time since the cold war that Russia’s incursions have come this close to America. What’s even more alarming is that Russia is making it clear that any attack on the Motherland would likely lead to widespread bombardment of western interests. Nuclear capable Russian bombers have been...
  • Spy Plane Fries Air Traffic Control Computers, Shuts Down LAX

    05/03/2014 1:15:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 93 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 2nd 2014 | Andrew Blankstein
    On Wednesday at about 2 p.m., according to sources, a U-2 spy plane, the same type of aircraft that flew high-altitude spy missions over Russia 50 years ago, passed through the airspace monitored by the L.A. Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale, Calif. The L.A. Center handles landings and departures at the regionís major airports, including Los Angeles International (LAX), San Diego and Las Vegas. The computers at the L.A. Center are programmed to keep commercial airliners and other aircraft from colliding with each other. The U-2 was flying at 60,000 feet, but the computers were attempting to keep...
  • WATCH: Bono's Unexpected Response to 'Who Is Jesus?' Question

    04/17/2014 11:35:37 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 904 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 31 March 14 | Charisma News Staff
    U2 frontman Bono talks about his faith and answers the question "Who is Jesus?" in the video below. Click play to watch. Link Here with Video (2 mins 46 secs)
  • Bono: Who Is Jesus?

    04/04/2014 11:13:37 AM PDT · by don-o · 59 replies
    U2 frontman Bono talks about faith and life
  • The SR-71 Spy Plane Was So Fast, It Outran Every Missile Fired at It

    12/05/2013 5:28:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 96 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 5, 2013 | Dario Leone and David Cenciotti
    Until Lockheed Martin finally builds the SR-72 Mach-6 spy plane it announced in November, the iconic SR-71 Blackbird, capable of flying three times the speed of sound, remains the fastest warplane ever flown operationally. So fast that no missiles fired at it had a chance of hitting. When the U-2 spy plane was built in the 1950s, its designer Clarence ďKellyĒ Johnson already knew that it would be vulnerable to enemy defenses.
  • Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes

    08/15/2013 11:52:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 45 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 8/15/2013 | Alan Boyle
    A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission ó which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes. The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: the U-2 and Oxcart Programs." The document was approved for release in June, with just a few remaining redactions, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by George Washington University's National Security Archive back in 2005.
  • How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane (Declassified Flight Manual for Secret Reconnaissance Aircraft)

    01/08/2013 3:17:20 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Jan 8, 2013 | Jason Torchinsky
    How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane Got your eye on a sweet used '59 U-2 spy plane you saw on Craigslist? Would you go ahead and take the plunge if you just, you know, knew how to fly it? Then boy, are you in luck. That's because a couple days ago an entire flight manual for the U-2 from 1959 was declassified and released by the CIA. You can tell it's declassified because on each page where the word "secret" appears, someone has carefully drawn a line through it. We've got a copy here for you. The U-2 is,...
  • U2 Guitarist May Get 2nd Chance at Malibu Mansions (If You're Rich & Liberal It's OK to Rape Nature)

    06/16/2012 1:09:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 16, 2012 | Michael J. Mishak
    U2 guitarist may get a second chance at Malibu mansions Lobbyists who worked on the Edge's project are urging legislators to approve a measure that could clear the way for his development, which the Coastal Commission rejected. SACRAMENTO ó The California Coastal Commission rejected a controversial proposal last year by U2 guitarist the Edge to build five mansions on a scenic bluff above Malibu, saying that it would scar a rugged ridgeline and harm sensitive habitat. Now, some of the same powerful lobbyists and lawyers behind the musician's quashed development are working the halls of the Capitol to push a...
  • Cold War pilot Francis Gary Powers to get Silver Star

    06/09/2012 11:02:47 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | June 9 2012 | Staff
    (CNN) -- An American pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union will be posthumously awarded the Silver Star next week, 50 years after he was released from prison and returned to the United States. The award for valor is being bestowed on Francis Gary Powers for exhibiting "exceptional loyalty" during harsh interrogation while in captivity by the Soviet Union for nearly two years, the Air Force said. The Silver Star is the third-highest combat military decoration awarded to members of any U.S. military branch for valor in the face of the enemy, the Air Force...
  • Short sellers lining up to bet against Facebook

    05/23/2012 12:30:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2012 | Edward Krudy and Alistair Barr
    Short sellers desperate to bet against Facebook shortly after its debut on public markets are now getting their chance. Shares of the much-anticipated IPO have fallen sharply since they opened at $42.05 on Friday amid an initial flurry of trading problems at the Nasdaq and after news that top underwriters cut their revenue estimates just days before the offering. Yet, short sellers are still eager to bet against the stock given its lofty valuation.
  • Investors File Suit Against Facebook, Underwriters

    05/23/2012 7:49:43 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    Investors File Suit Against Facebook, Underwriters By DAVID BENOIT Three Facebook Inc. investors filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday in Manhattan federal court, alleging the company and its underwriters failed to properly disclose changes to analysts' forecasts made at the underwriting banks. The suit follows reports that analysts at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. cut their revenue forecasts on Facebook amid the investor roadshow, a change that wasn't widely disseminated. Late Tuesday, Massachusetts sent a subpoena to Morgan Stanley following the reports. Several other plaintiffs' lawyers have said they filed suits over the offering in other courts throughout the...
  • Facebook Shares Day 2: Below IPO Price

    05/21/2012 6:38:27 AM PDT · by Qbert · 43 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 21, 2012 | GEORGE STAHL
    <p>NEW YORKóFacebook Inc. FB†-6.57% shares fell below the initial public offering price of $38 Monday, its second day of trading, a black eye for all those involved with the social networking company going public.</p> <p>Facebook shares changed hands at $37.08, down 3%, in premarket trading.</p>
  • Facebook's IPO Sputters

    05/18/2012 5:32:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    WJ ^ | May 18, 2012, 7:52 p.m. ET | SHAYNDI RAICE, RYAN DEZEMBER and JACOB BUNGE
    .Facebook Inc. FB +0.61%took eight years to stage one of the most anticipated initial public offerings ever. The anticlimax came Friday, as Wall Street bankers struggled to prevent the newly minted stock from ending its first day with a loss. The stock had been widely predicted to soar on its first day. Instead, up until the closing moments of the trading session, Facebook's underwriters battled to keep the stock from slipping below its offering price of $38 a share. Such a stumble would have been a significant embarrassment, particularly for a prominent new issue like Facebook, the most heavily traded...
  • Bono's Facebook Stake To Make Him Richest Rocker On Earth

    05/18/2012 7:56:18 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies
    MTV.COM ^ | May 18 2012 8:21 AM EDT | By Gil Kaufman
    Talk about a "Beautiful Day." Once the smoke clears from Friday's (May 18) Facebook IPO‚Ä®, U2 singer Bono could be the richest musician on the planet. According to England's NME, the already flush, tech-savvy‚Ä® Irish rock icon owns 2.3 percent of the shares of Facebook through his investment group, Elevation Partners. Well before Facebook filed papers to go public, Elevation paid $90 million for the shares in 2009 and after what is expected to be the second-biggest IPO in history, Bono's share could be worth more than $1.5 billion.
  • How Lockheedís Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business

    04/24/2012 6:41:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    GIZMODO ^ | Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor USAF (ret.)
    How Lockheedís Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How Lockheedís Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How do you hide an airplane behind a bird? Very skillfully. Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor (ret.) flew the F-117 Nighthawk during the Bosnia Conflict, and in Stealth Fighter, he explains the history, operation, and soul America's most advanced stealth jet. While the United States had never embraced a defensive mindset and had only fielded one strategic SAM system to that point, the Nike-Hercules dating from the 1950s, and one real medium-range tactical system, the HAWK (homing all the way...
  • 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 wouldnít 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...
  • Taking The Pressure Off U-2s

    03/06/2012 11:18:23 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/6/2012 | The Strategy Page
    Last year the U.S. Air Force decided to extend the life of its U-2 fleet and cut back on the use of large UAVs for strategic reconnaissance. One of the many upgrades U-2s will now receive will be better cockpit pressurization. Currently, pilots operate in a cockpit pressurized to conditions found at 9,600 meters (30,000 feet). This puts more strain on the pilot's body. That, and the fact that they breathe pure oxygen while up there, means they tend to be completely exhausted after returning from a long mission. So pressuring the cockpit to the level of a lower altitude...
  • 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...
  • Exclusive: U.S. Air Force to halt Northrop unmanned plane

    01/24/2012 6:18:34 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 24, 2012 | By Andrea Shalal-Esa
    The U.S. Air Force has decided to scrap its Northrop Grumman Corp high-altitude unmanned surveillance plane program and keep its Cold War-vintage U-2 spy planes flying into the 2020s, according to a government official and a defense analyst. Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Virginia-based Lexington Institute, said the Air Force decision was based on the cost of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned planes, and said the service would investigate using a marine version with different sensors that Northrop is developing for the Navy. The Navy is proceeding with its plans to buy 68 of that version of the...
  • U-2 pilot flies final manned ISR mission over Iraq

    12/20/2011 8:47:11 AM PST · by SZonian · 7 replies
    380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs ^ | 12/20/2011 | Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski
    A U-2 pilot completed the final manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission over Iraq Dec. 18, as the last American troops withdrew into neighboring Kuwait. Maj. Steve flew his first mission over Iraq during Operation Southern Watch in the early '90s, so it was fitting for the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron Airman to close out this chapter of his unit's history. The major, deployed from Beale Air Force Base, Calif., said he was proud to be part of this landmark event. "The best part about it was it was quiet for the folks on the ground," said Steve, a Lake...
  • Take a trip aboard the U-2 spy plane....

    10/17/2011 1:05:14 PM PDT · by Doogle · 12 replies · 1+ views
    This has been seen before by a few of us, but it's not a bad repeat.... http://www.wimp.com/breathtakingfootage/
  • Chinese jets chase U.S. surveillance jet over Taiwan Strait

    07/25/2011 6:43:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 148 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 25, 2011 | Bill Gertz
    Two Chinese warplanes intercepted an American spy plane over the tense Taiwan Strait last month in Chinaís most aggressive challenge to U.S. surveillance flights since a 2001 collision that touched off an international crisis. According to defense officials, the intercept took place June 29. The two Chinese jets flew from a base in China to head off an Air Force U-2 spy plane over the dividing line in the 100-mile wide Taiwan Strait. ďIn general, these reconnaissance flights are conducted in international airspace, as are the PRC [Chinese] intercepts, which happen fairly routinely,Ē said a Pentagon official familiar with the...
  • U2ís Bono urged support for Cuban dissident Biscet

    07/01/2011 8:26:33 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 20 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 06.30.11 | Juan O. Tamayo
    Cubaís leading dissident, Oscar Elias Biscet, said he ďwas shaking with happinessĒ as he learned Thursday that rock star and social activist Bono had sung his praises during a jam-packed U2 concert in Miami. The 73,000-strong audience at the Sun Life stadium roared with delight Wednesday when Bono urged support for the 49-year-old Biscet and declared that ďsome day soon Cuba will be free.Ē ďAs you read me what he said, I was shaking with happiness because it showed itís good when one is chosen as a symbol of his people,Ē Biscet told El Nuevo Herald, which first told him...
  • Violence erupts as U2 rocks Glastonbury [ U2 moved it's Corp to Netherlands & Pays NO TAXES]

    06/24/2011 7:12:16 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 36 replies
    AP ^ | June 24 2011 | AP
    U2 and its frontman Bono, known for their global poverty-fighting efforts, were accused of dodging taxes in Ireland by activists who crashed their performance at England's Glastonbury festival. The anti-capitalist group Art Uncut inflated a 6-metre balloon emblazoned with the message "U Pay Your Tax 2." Security guards wrestled them to the ground before deflating the balloon and taking it away. About 30 people were involved in the angry clash. "Tax(es) nestling in the band's bank account should be helping to keep open the hospitals, schools and libraries that are closing all over Ireland," Art Uncut member Charlie Dewar said...
  • Pelosi Attended U2 Concert During Obama's Speech

    06/24/2011 6:18:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 23, 2011
    Obama or Bono? While Obama addressed the nation Wednesday night to lay out plans for troop reductions in Afghanistan, it appears that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi rocked it out at a U2 concert in Baltimore... Pelosi reportedly was watching the famed Irish band sing ďBeautiful DayĒ
  • Coastal Commission rejects U2 guitarist's Malibu development plan ("earth-altering)

    06/17/2011 2:04:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 17, 2011 | Martha Groves and Tony Barboza,
    [snip] Before Thursday's vote, commission staff reports twice recommended the project be rejected, saying it would disturb sensitive habitat and scar a scenic hilltop visible from much of the Malibu coast. Staff members also had expressed concern that the 156-acre development, if approved, could have paved the way for other earth-altering housing projects throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. Evans' house is planned as a 12,785-square-foot contemporary abode, called "Leaves in the Wind," so named for the undulating green roof meant to emulate fluttering leaves. A website explains that the five houses were designed to meet the highest environmental standards by...
  • Gary Sinise in the Dragon Lady (did he just fly it at 70,000'?

    06/13/2011 10:29:29 AM PDT · by hamboy · 21 replies
    Strategy Page Photos ^ | 6/12/2011 | Strategy Page Photos
    MILITARY PHOTOS2009 Military Photo Index ††2008 Military Photo Index ††2007 Military Photo Index ††2006 Military Photo Index ††2005 Military Photo Index Gary Sinise in the Dragon Lady Posted 6/12/2011 Gary Sinise looks out the cockpit window of a U-2 Dragon Lady June 8, 2011, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., after returning from a high flight at 70,000 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sarah Brown)
  • R.I.P. Hervey Stockman, First Pilot To Fly A Spy Plane Over Soviet Territory

    02/26/2011 11:24:28 AM PST · by RiverDrifter · 23 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | February 24, 2011 | Adrian Covert
    R.I.P. Hervey Stockman, First Pilot To Fly A Spy Plane Over Soviet Territory retweet By Adrian Covert on February 24, 2011 at 2:12 PM Hervey Stockman passed away today, leaving behind a legacy as the first man to pilot a dedicated spy plane in Soviet airspace. Taking the Lockheed U-2 into Communist territory in the middle of the Cold War, Stockman was able to collect data on the USSR while evading MiGs trying to intercept him. Stockman also happened to be the uncle of Giz reader Willy Pell, who has graciously shared some personal anecdotes told to him by Stockman.
  • U2 band member's Malibu housing project hits snag (Hypocrite!)

    02/13/2011 1:03:32 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 30 replies
    LA Daily News ^ | 1/29/11 | Anon
    "The Edge" wants to build five ridge-top homes in the mountains above Malibu, but the California Coastal Commission staff says the project would violate state law by ruining a wild area and scarring hillsides visible from Pacific Coast Highway. In an analysis released late Friday, the commission's staff said the 156- acre project north of Malibu's landmark pier would violate the Coastal Act in several aspects. Among other problems cited by the state is that nearly 50,000 cubic yard of rock and soil must be mined and moved. A proposed private access road up the mountain would have a 19...
  • U2 concert pushes Marlins-Mariners series from Miami to Seattle

    01/27/2011 12:24:04 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 27, 2011 | David Brown
    There goes U2's Bono again, imposing his will on the Major League Baseball schedule. As it attempts a reboot of its canceled 2010 tour, the world's biggest rock 'n' roll band is booting the Seattle Mariners and Florida Marlins from Sun Life Stadium for their interleague series on June 24-26. Instead of home games in Miami Gardens, the Fish will take on Ichiro(notes) at Safeco Field in Seattle using National League rules. This apparently means 84 home games for the M's and 78 for Florida. Uneven! It also could mean that AL Cy Young winner King Felix Hernandez(notes) (pictured holding...
  • 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.
  • The concert no warmist would applaud (Bono Total Hypocrite...Six 747 Jets, 55 Trucks)

    11/29/2010 12:00:27 PM PST · by Skeez · 11 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 11/29/2010 | League
    Bono in Tokyo in 2008: My prayer is that we become better in looking after our planet.And the Keen for Green group applauds: If your (sic) looking for an environmental role model, Irish rockstar, Bono (born Paul David Hewson, May 10, 1960), of the band U2 is a good place to start. Bono ... participated in a tree planting ceremony in Tokyo Bay, Japan, in 2008, where efforts are being taken to turn a landfill into an 88 hectare forest. Bono has also been active in the Greenpeace community since 1993 when his entire band participated in a protest against...
  • Iconic Photos:Amazing Imagery,History:The U-2 Incident

    07/28/2010 3:45:02 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    On May Day, 1960, Francis Gary Powers left the US base in Peshawar on a mission to photograph ICBM sites inside the Soviet Union. It would be the twenty-fourth U-2 spy mission over Soviet territory. Although it was a Soviet holiday, all units of the Soviet Air Defence Forces were on red alert as they suspected a U-2 flight and Powers was subsequently shot down. The United States used NASA to issue a statement saying the plane was a research vessel, but soon Moscow was full of rumors of a downed American spy plane. THe American story was made up...
  • The Sad Fate of a Spy Plane

    07/14/2010 3:21:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 7/1/2010 | Joe Pappalardo
    1962 the Soviets swapped a U.S. airman to the Americans in return for their spies, but they kept the pilot's plane. Here's what happened to it. By Joe Pappalardo It looks like Russia and the U.S. are negotiating the biggest spy swap since the Cold War ended, as accused and convicted spies in both nations are set to be bartered, and some being moved from prisons in America to Vienna in anticipation of a deal. The episode harkens to the 1960s, when spies were traded to maintain the brittle peace between nations. The most famous of these cases involved Francis...
  • U-2 Dragon Lady: Airmen Discuss their Continued Push for Operational Success

    05/11/2010 11:41:51 AM PDT · by SZonian · 5 replies · 274+ views
    380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs | 5/6/2010 | Master Sgt. Scott X
    SOUTHWEST ASIA -- In the first three months of 2010, Airmen supporting the U-2 Dragon Lady deployed operations with the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing flew nearly 200 combat sorties in support of operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. When averaged out in flight time, that means a U-2 is flying in the AOR 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In those 200 missions, U-2 Airmen supported more than 70 "troops in contact" events where deployed ground forces were supported by the U-2's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, said Mr....
  • Son of US spy marks 50 years since Soviet capture

    05/02/2010 8:26:10 AM PDT · by Borges · 11 replies · 793+ views
    Yahoo - AFP ^ | 4/30/10 | Alexander Osipovich
    MOSCOW (AFP) Ė Fifty years after his father was shot down by the Soviets in an incident that marked a turning point in the Cold War, Francis Gary Powers Jr on Friday visited the wreckage of his dad's U-2 spy plane. "It's a wonderful display," Powers Jr said while standing in the hall of the Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow which holds the wrecked plane and other material commemorating the so-called "U-2 incident" of May 1, 1960. On that day, Francis Gary Powers, a US pilot carrying out a secret mission for the CIA to photograph Soviet nuclear sites,...
  • Downed U-2 pilot's son on own mission in Russia

    05/01/2010 3:45:39 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 504+ views
    MOSCOW ó Fifty years ago Saturday, U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union, a dramatic episode of the Cold War that pushed the rival superpowers closer to confrontation. Now his son has come to Moscow on a mission of his own: By telling his late father's story, he hopes to help preserve Cold War history and prevent future generations of Russians and Americans from ever again facing the threat of nuclear war. On May 1, 1960, Powers was in the cockpit of the world's highest-flying plane, concentrated on keeping...
  • 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...
  • Ride along on a Lockheed U-2 spyplane

    04/03/2010 5:10:57 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 22 replies · 1,037+ views
    Ride along on a Lockheed U-2 spyplane and check out the amazing view cruising at 70,000ft as the sky above turns black
  • Deployed U-2 pilot achieves rare feat of 100 combat missions

    03/31/2010 6:27:46 PM PDT · by mylife · 34 replies · 753+ views
    USAF Central ^ | 3/15/10 | Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
    Deployed U-2 pilot achieves rare feat of 100 combat missions by Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 3/15/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- For Maj. William Gottenberg, he's been helping the Dragon Lady breathe a lot of fire lately. The 16-and-a-half-year Air Force veteran and pilot recently achieved 100 combat missions in the U-2 in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. "It's a good feeling because it's an awesome mission and the fact that I was able to have the opportunity to come out here enough to get the chance to get 100 is great,"...
  • Bono's Investment Firm Still Hasn't Found What It's Looking For (Bono, Worst Investor in America)

    03/29/2010 5:50:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies · 721+ views
    PasteMagazine.com ^ | March 29, 2010 | Rachel Bailey
    Bono's Investment Firm Still Hasn't Found What It's Looking For By Rachel Bailey 24/7 Wall Street recently had some strong words to say about U2 frontman Bono. Namely, based on a string of disastrous choices made by his investment firm, Elevation Partners, that heís the Worst Investor in America. Among the companies Elevation has poured money into is Palm, maker of the unsuccessful Pre smartphone. ďThere is a 90% chance that they go bankrupt or get acquired within a year," a hedge fund managing partner told 24/7 Wall Street. Then thereís the restaurant review site Yelp, which was sued for...
  • U-2 Spy Plane Evades the Day of Retirement

    03/23/2010 6:02:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 54 replies · 1,549+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2010 | Cristopher Drew
    The U-2 spy plane, the high-flying aircraft that was often at the heart of cold war suspense, is enjoying an encore. Four years ago, the Pentagon was ready to start retiring the plane, which took its first test flight in 1955. But Congress blocked that, saying the plane was still useful. And so it is. Because of updates in the use of its powerful sensors, it has become the most sought-after spy craft in a very different war in Afghanistan. As it shifts from hunting for nuclear missiles to detecting roadside bombs, it is outshining even the unmanned drones in...
  • Kitteh military for the first time published shock screens of zotting of [undead] Chicom Troll

    02/26/2010 6:12:28 PM PST · by wuxinghongqi · 1,689 replies · 10,189+ views
    China Military Report ^ | February 26, 2010 | Wuxinghongqi
    February 24, suddenly Chinese official media CCTV for the first time published shock screens of shooting down U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft in June 1958, to warn B-2 of the United Stites. In these short-range high-definition screens, the moment of Sam missile into the sky shot down U-2 high-definition instant pictures are very stunningÔľĀ
  • U-2 Spy Plane Based at Robins AFB (In Georgia) Will Aid Haiti Relief

    01/27/2010 11:43:08 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 1 replies · 500+ views
    13 WMAZ ^ | 01/27/2010 | 13WMAZ
    A U.S. Air Force spy plane will be based at Robins Air Force Base as it aids the Haiti-earthquake relief effort. The plane landed after 4 p.m. Wednesday at Robins. Base spokesman John Birdsong says the U-2 plane will take high-resolution photos of quake damage that will be used to pinpoint relief efforts. The plane can operate at altitudes of up to 70,000 feet for reconnaissance flights. Captain Cameron Sellers flew the plane from Beale Air Force Base in California to Georgia. He is one of three pilots who will fly the single-seat aircraft from Robins to Haiti, taking pictures...
  • U-&#8203;&#8203;2 Flights Likely Over Haiti; Predator May Go

    01/15/2010 9:49:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 317+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 01/14/2010 | Colin Clark
    The Pentagon will probably send the U-‚Äč‚Äč2 to Haiti so its unique multi-‚Äč‚Äčspectral imagery capabilities can be put to use spotting breaks in water and gas lines, chemical spills and similar problems. ¬ďMy expectation is that we hope to get that deployed soon,¬Ē Col. Bradley Butz, vice commander of the Air Force¬ís 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., told reporters this morning. The U-‚Äč‚Äč2 contains unique multi-‚Äč‚Äčspectral imagery equipment (the seven-‚Äč‚Äčband SYERS 2) that Global Hawk and Predator don¬ít possess. Butz said the multi-‚Äč‚Äčspectral tools would provide useful information about breaks in water and...
  • Ten for the Next Ten (U2's Bono for the NYT OpEd page, creeping tide of government alert)

    01/06/2010 11:10:31 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 32 replies · 881+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 2, 2010 | Bono (no last name provided)
    ...I am seized by each, and moved by its potential to change our world. Return of the Automobile as a Sexual Object ...Thatís why the Obama administration ó while it still holds the keys to the big automakers ó ought to put some style fascists into the mix... Intellectual Property Developers ...A decadeís worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators... and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business... An Equal Right to Pollute (and...
  • U-2s challenge pilotsí endurance in the air

    01/05/2010 8:47:19 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies · 1,142+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 7, 2010 | By Franklin Fisher,
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea ó The once-secret U-2 reconnaissance plane is known for its high-value role in some of the Cold Warís most critical events. Itís also known as the worldís toughest plane to pilot. Capt. Michael Opresko, 29, knows first-hand how challenging it is to fly and land the U-2 Dragon Lady, and how punishing it can be on the body. U-2 pilots fly alone for eight to 12 hours, and so high they have to wear a space suit. ďGoing up to 30,000 feet cabin pressure is like going from sea level to Everest each day,Ē said...
  • Air Force holds off on retiring famed reconnaissance plane (U-2)

    01/05/2010 8:45:07 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 969+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 7, 2010 | By Franklin Fisher,
    It was born during the Cold War more than 50 years ago, and the Air Force deems it the worldís toughest plane to fly. But the high-altitude U-2 reconnaissance plane is so valued for its intelligence-gathering capabilities that, even in an age of high-tech unmanned drones, the old spy plane has found a whole new mission over the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. The U-2 reconnaissance planeís mission is changing. The new mission amounts to a landmark shift in how the venerable aircraft can be used: The U-2 now gives direct support to ground operations, including assisting troops in firefights....