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Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?  
User currently offlinesabim From Switzerland, joined Sep 2006, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5324 times:

Hi,

Looking for pictures of Soviet airports from the 50s/60s I found a few pics of the Moscow airports shot from U-2 reconnaissance planes. As I assume that more than 50 years after they have been taken more of them must be declassified, I wondered if they were somewhere online available. Any idea?

Below a pic of Moscow Sheremetyevo in the mid 60s:
http://oldmos.ru/photo/view/9562


sabim
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User currently offlineebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4816 times:

I would presume that you could find such photos on the internet. Start with "U-2 Reconnaissance Photos" and see where that takes you.


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User currently offlineAeroweanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1607 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4685 times:
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Here are a few:

A launch pad at Baikonur:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/Baikonur_CIA_U-2.gif

The Semiplatenski nuclear test site:


The Engels strategic bomber base:


User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4424 times:

I have seen some really cool pics of a U-2 on the deck of (I believe) USS Kitty Hawk. Unfortunately I don't have a link.
Believe the pics were taken in the 1960s.



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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6685 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4360 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 3):
I have seen some really cool pics of a U-2 on the deck of (I believe) USS Kitty Hawk. Unfortunately I don't have a link.

Some here.... with a bit of history.

http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/history/q0050.shtml



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4293 times:

oly --

Great stuff ! Thank you. 



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User currently offlinesabim From Switzerland, joined Sep 2006, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

Thanks guys for the effort.

I googled everything there is to google about this meanwhile, but no pics it seems. It is ironic enough that most of the few I found were available on websites of the enemy.

Anyway, this plane is with no doubt a remarkable chapter of both aviation and cold war history. I read it was also very hard to fly and even harder to land, even on dryland.



sabim
User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 930 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4117 times:

Quoting sabim (Reply 6):

Anyway, this plane is with no doubt a remarkable chapter of both aviation and cold war history. I read it was also very hard to fly and even harder to land, even on dryland.

Not hard to fly technically, but definitely physically. They wanted light controls at altitude, resulting in extremely heavy controls lower down. Its flying characteristics though were not unlike a glider, and any old idiot can fly them, myself being case in point. It was hard to maintain flight at operational height as they were cruising in a very narrow band of airspeed (a couple of knots two low and you stall, and a couple to high and you start to buffet), dubbed "coffin corner". This band of airspeed only got smaller as upgrades to the autopilot improved so the plane could go a tad higher still.

The landing difficulty is principally due to poor visibility, hence the fast car to talk the pilot down in the flare (and spoilers that could be more effective). The U2 suffered from a tendency to ground loop, a trait also shared with sailplanes, but in this case the limited visibility compounded the issue. I recommend this NSFW video on U2 landings for those that haven't seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eamnT...laynext_from=TL&videos=VMqec4lYNGk


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2098 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

Quoting GST (Reply 7):
I recommend this NSFW video on U2 landings for those that haven't seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eamnT...lYNGk

That was an amazing video, thanks for sharing!



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User currently offlinespudh From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 8 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

Yeah, thats a great clip, thanks for the link!

Hard to believe a military plane regularily lands like that! Does it go wrong much?


User currently offlinecontrail25 From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3168 times:

I have a former U-2 driver that flys with me, says they wash out the majority of applicants to the program due to the difficulty in landing the jet. It is the hardest a/c to land in the USAF inventory.

What impresses me the most is the climb performance, if you've ever seen it, you know what I'm talking about!


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2098 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3089 times:

Quoting spudh (Reply 9):
Hard to believe a military plane regularily lands like that! Does it go wrong much?

Reading the comments of the person who posted the video on YouTube those aren't videos of regular in-line service pilots landing, but rather of potential candidates for the U-2 program doing their initial trials in the plane... all of which are videotaped, and put together for our enjoyment lol.  



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User currently offlinesabim From Switzerland, joined Sep 2006, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2704 times:

i love th vid! 

however, back to the topic. this is the best pics I found:
http://maps.kosmosnimki.ru/api/index.html?60e  



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