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Nasa U2/WB57 At SAN?  
User currently offlineStarshipSAN From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3718 times:

I flew into SAN this afternoon and as we were landing I could've sworn I saw a white and blue plane that looked a lot like a U2 or WB57 parked on/near the cargo ramp. Can anyone else confirm/negate this? If it's really there, why would it be at SAN and not a nearby military air field like North Island or Miramar?

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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3713 times:

My first thought is that the difference between the U-2/TR-1/ER-2 and a WB-57 should be painfully obvious... the U-2 and its family has nothing engine related under its wing, just F-104 style intakes on either side of the fuselage and perhaps fuel tanks under the wing.. whereas the WB-57 has huge engines on slender wings.


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User currently offlineStarshipSAN From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3707 times:

It was an edge on view, so the engines of the WB57 wouldn't have been as prominent. That being said, my first thought was definitely that it was a U2, but it was quick and I started second guessing myself. I didn't get a good enough look to say for certain whether the engines were or weren't on the wings.

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3699 times:

At the risk of being redundant.. if you didn't notice engines on the wing, it was likely a U-2. It would be almost impossible imo to see an RB-57/WB-57 variant without noticing the enormous (relatively) engines.


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15809 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):
the U-2 and its family has nothing engine related under its wing, just F-104 style intakes on either side of the fuselage and perhaps fuel tanks under the wing..

Some of the U-2s have the "superpod" which I believe some of the NASA planes possess as well, which from a distance may appear similar to the wing mounted engines of the WB-57.



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User currently offlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3466 times:

The bigger question is why would this type of aircraft be at SAN? You would think Miramar or even North Island would be better to accommodate it.


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