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New York Times U-2 Article

Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:03 am

Nice story in the New York times on the U-2:


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/22/bu...iness/22plane.html?hp

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[Edited 2010-03-21 21:06:05]
 
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RE: New York Times U-2 Article

Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:30 am

Great story thanks for sharing. You can see insurgents footprints in the panaromic pictures taken from 13 miles up! Nice!
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RE: New York Times U-2 Article

Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:49 pm

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):
You can see insurgents footprints

Insurgents... wonderful. The U-2 is amazing if it can read the minds of Afghan people and judge their politics from 70,000 feet. From their footprints! We need that technology here in America.
 
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RE: New York Times U-2 Article

Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:55 am

Looks like the same article was reprinted in the SCMP in HKG, the credits for the graphics was attributed to the NYT.
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RE: New York Times U-2 Article

Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:47 am

Quoting Flighty (Reply 2):
Insurgents... wonderful. The U-2 is amazing if it can read the minds of Afghan people and judge their politics from 70,000 feet. From their footprints! We need that technology here in America.

Wondeful comment. Obviously, footprints do not determine politics but using photographs to determine foot traffic can go a long way towards determing high use passage ways that could potentially be used against our troops. I guess you somehow missed the sentences in the article that dealt with the U-2s sensors finding IEDs. Way to accentuate a semi incorrect sentence and lose sight that the U-2 is keeping Americans alive and helping us win the war.

The U-2 is still a viable platform that in my opinion can serve alongside the Global Hawk. Each platform providing us with the different but equal ways of gathering intelligence.
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RE: New York Times U-2 Article

Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:49 pm

The article seems to assume that those U-2 birds have much in common with the U-2's of fifty years ago (U-2A, -B and -C). They share the basic shape, but they are much larger and very different.

They were built some 30 years ago as Lockheed TR-1A's, and later renamed U-2R.

Some 15 or 20 years ago they were quite extensively rebuilt with new and modern engines, and became known as U-2S.
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