Fightingfalcon From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 787 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2368 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?
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2160 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.
Fireblade From Portugal, joined Feb 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2139 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
MikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2106 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."