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U2 footage in HD (video)

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The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed "Dragon Lady", is a single-engine, very high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, very high-altitude (70,000 feet / 21,000 m), all-weather intelligence gathering. The aircraft is also used for electronic sensor research and development, satellite calibration, and satellite data validation. (www.youtube.com) עוד...

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Kawaiipoint2
Kawaiipoint2 6
Im sorry but why in the world does this post get put up when I put this video up a day ago... Why does Daniel Baker trump me?
chalet
chalet 2
You know how to get even: get better, get a longer lasting one, Baker´s was nice but too damn short (LOL!!!)
preacher1
preacher1 2
I watched yours too, Will.lol. I wish someone had one from the early days in the late 60's at Davis Monthan, when that chase car(at the time an ElCamino with a 396)would not only come in behind with a pilot for commnication but had a bogie rack and had to drive up under and clip one; then he would back away and the pilot in the car would tell the plane to drop to whatever side was attached. What was fun was having to change sides as they landed. You could get to remember the pilots with a left or right lean but the wind would often change things.
wsutton49
Will Sutton 1
I always like to see footage from the chase cars. When I was stationed @ Beale in '85 they were on their last late-model El Caminos. Before I left they transitioned to Mustang 5.0's but had to buy premium gasoline through the BX for awhile until it could be arranged for Transportation Sq to supply premium. The Mustangs would not perform well on regular. Later I saw an episode on "Wings" that showed them using Camaros in the '90's. Don't know what they are using now.
preacher1
preacher1 1
In 68 at DM, the ElCaminos were not only fueld with premium off base but were also kept tuned up out there. Transpotation didn't touch them. In the early days, we had the bogies on a rack mounted in the back and had to drive up under the wing to clip/hang them. Heck of a ride. I don't know when all of that changed.
wsutton49
Will Sutton 1
Some things must have changed with the R models. I never saw El Caminos routinely used to get under a wing. They did not have a rack and ground crew used them to pick up pogos after launch. Pilot in the mobile talked plane down ans follwed it in.
wsutton49
Will Sutton 1
Looking online it appears Beale used Pontiac G8's/GTO's until recently, Nasa uses Dodge Chargers.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
Um....are you familiar with D.B.'s job title?
nelj46
Jack Nelson 1
You'll live, Ricci
tomrgalvtx
Tom Roberts 2
I've seen the U2 on the ground at Osan AB in South Korea and taking off from Patrick AFB in Florida for a mission. A fifty year old design with hopefully much newer technology. Thanks
preacher1
preacher1 1
The 100th SRW had Forward Operating locations(FOL's) at many locations around the world and Osan was a big one. If memory serves correct, they kept 5 birds there but not sure. I was at DM in 68 and over there in 70. Guys would leave Davis Monthan and pull 4 months at a whack at one of them. Blackbirds had a base down at Kadena in Okinawa.
preacher1
preacher1 2
I don't know how high he was but I was in the 100thSRW HQ at Davis Monthan one day, and one called in from over OKC, near Tinker AFB, with a flame out and unable to restart. It was about 1200 miles. The told him to deadstick it on in. Landed just fine a few hours later.
grinch59
Gene Nowak 2
Just checked a 2012 aerial of Beale, where they were based. There are 4 sitting on the ramp.
Amraymond
Alan Raymond 1
I looked at the aerial on Google maps. Two of them had pods below the wings. Are those auxiliary fuel tanks or something else?
wsutton49
Will Sutton 1
Pods are for equipment and sensors. U-2's do not carry external fuel.
grinch59
Gene Nowak 2
When was this? My wife and I were at DM in the 90s and I only saw A10s. Beale AFB was where I saw them in 1994.
preacher1
preacher1 1
1968. Before all the commands were changed around. SAC was majcom with them(1ooth SRW and a titanII missle wing there. F-4's and C-130's were there as tenants. I heard they all went to Beale as that's where the Blackbirds were based too. A-7's were just starting to come in behind the F-4's as I was leaving
grinch59
Gene Nowak 1
By the way, OKC to Davis Monthan is only 700 nautical not 1200 miles.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I guess I've got road miles in my head, but that is still a pretty good glide.lol
wsutton49
Will Sutton 1
Before I was stationed at Beale AFB in '85, a pilot flying a mission out of Korea had an emergency somewhere over the Pacific. His elevator trim ran full up (or down) and he had to fight the elevator all the way back to Beale, for hours. When he landed @ Beale he had to be lifted out of the cockpit.
sheka
mark tufts 2
great video of the dragon lady
osud3
darrell osullivan 2
Very enjoyable. Well done to Will & Daniel
carlosanastacio
Carlos Anastacio 1
Fantastic footage.

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