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User currently offlineFightingfalcon From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 787 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

I heard on the radio yesterday evening, that an Iraqi SAM barely missed a US spy plane above Iraq (sp?).
Does anyone know what aircraft this was or something else about this incident?

And in general, which spy planes are still in service except the EP-3?
What's happened to the U-2's?
And what's about the UAV's, like Predator? How many of them are there? And when will the Global Hawk enter service?

Martin


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User currently offlineFireblade From Portugal, joined Feb 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 1653 times:

for me there is only two us spy planes
AURORA the greatest
blackbird unfotunately not in servuce anymore (good damn pentagon)


User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

It was a U-2.

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/World/Iraq/


User currently offlineFightingfalcon From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

thanks MikeN.

Fireblade, did you really want to say "good damn"? It's somehow contradictory...

Martin



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

Well, there are officially no SPYplanes left in service. There never were any in the first place...
There are several types of RECONAISCANCE planes. EP-2, EC-135, U-2 come to mind, plus recce-equipped F-14s, F/A-18s, F-16s, etc..
There are still a UAV in a recce role, and more being thought up all the time.
The only person calling national intelligence assets spyplanes and spysats are the press and other enemies.



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User currently offlineFightingfalcon From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

When you look at it in this way, you can also add the Prowler...

Do you call the SR-71 a SPYplane?
I think at least the U-2 is a real SPYplane, the others rather not, cause they are freighters filled up with recce-electronics.

Did Europa, UK or Russia ever have such spyplanes? The Russians have (or had?) the Beriev A-50 Mainstay, but that's an Russian AWACS.

Martin



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User currently offlineSpectre From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

The UK has 3 Nimrod R.1s based at RAF Waddington

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1613 times:

"The Russians have (or had?) the Beriev A-50 Mainstay, but that's an Russian AWACS."

Beriev??? The A-50 is just an IL-76 with a lot of electronic equipment.

LY744.



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User currently offlineFireblade From Portugal, joined Feb 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

yes i do
they spent so much billions for spy satelites who could easily be destroyed by russian missiles and they said that keeping blackbird operational (which was thousand times on missions but none destroyed) is too much expensive


User currently offlineWhistler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

The A-50 is like the Russian version of the E-3 Sentry. I heard it isn't very nice because the Radar isn't as good and there are no bathrooms or anything so the crew get fatigued easily.

User currently offlineFightingfalcon From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

LY744, you're partially right. The A-50 Mainstay is based on the Il-76, but the official manufacturer is Beriev.
Confirmation and some info:
http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/russia/airdef/a-50.htm

Martin



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

The UK had (has?) a bunch of Canberras for high-altitude recce-flights. Used in a similar profile as the U-2A.

Current U-2s are (at least officially) no longer spyplanes. All have been moved from CIA and SAC to ACC and pressed into battlefield surveillance tasks (again, at least officially).



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

Any Lockheed TR-1 still being used nowadays?
How about McDonnell F-4G Wild Weasel? Regards.



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User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

I know the press still calls them U-2s, but aren't the U-2s all TR-1s now.

As for the F-4G Wild Weasels, I believe all U.S. versions have been retired and replaced by F-16s.


User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

Here's what the Air Force says about the U-2s:

"The U-2R, first flown in 1967, is significantly larger and more capable than the original aircraft. A tactical reconnaissance version, the TR-1A, first flew in August 1981. Designed for standoff tactical reconnaissance in Europe, the TR-1A was structurally identical to the U-2R. The 17th Reconnaissance Wing, Royal Air Force Station Alconbury, England used operational TR-1As from 1983 until 1991. The last U-2 and TR-1 aircraft were delivered to the Air Force in October 1989. In 1992 all TR-1s and U-2s were designated U-2Rs. After re-engining with the F-118-101 engine, they were designated U-2S."


User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

I SURE WISH YOU COULD EDIT A POST... HINT, HINT.

The F-4Gs were replaced by F-16CJs in the Wild Weasel role.


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