Pronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4262 times:
Definitely nose section of a U-2. Explanation of this combo? Who knows? Maybe a deception from the Cold War? Park this in a hangar with just the nose hanging out for recon fooling? After all, this is a Norwegian base.
Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11957 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4253 times:
Hmm, true. But why would Norway make it look like they had more U-2 planes there than they actually had? Besides, nobody were meant to know the real ones were there in the first place, so it seems odd if they had "fake" ones made like this.
"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
Ehvk From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3799 times:
isn't it posible that it is a special study version of the F-104 and that the nose was build on for testing or something like that. and that the nose was specially design't and that it is just a coincedence that it looks like the nose of a U-2
SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3685 times:
I think the engineers canned the nose/radome for another jet. I bet they came back and built a sheetmetal mockup nose later to make it look realistic for the BDR students. Or maybe they had the BDR students build it...
FTOHIST From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3694 times:
The Warbird Tech Series F-104 book I have by Jim Upton says that F-104A 56-0790 was modified with a U-2 nose for radar tests. There is also a photo of that airplane, and its nose section looks uncannily the same as this Norwegian airplane.
First of all, I think everyone would agree that Norewgian 890 did not fly in this condition during its operational career. I think if it did, there certainly would have been photographs taken of it, and some interest would have been paid to them long ago.
But, looking at this airplane, and knowing that the basic airframe was essentially a U-2, you can see that whatever this nose may be from, it seems to fit perfectly. (It might be better to see without all the snow, however). I agree it may be possible that this airplane was used for special radar tests similar to those performed with USAF 56-0790. Knowing that the Norwegian airplane was used for battle damage testing at the end of its career, it is possible that its original nose was either missing or destroyed, and a new one needed to be fabricated in order for it to be placed on display.
I have trouble believing that a U-2 nose would by lying in a Norwegian warehouse, so there must be another explanation....
My head is spinning, I wish there were more questions asked like this one.