SABIM
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Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Fri May 21, 2010 12:11 pm

Hi,

Looking for pictures of Soviet airports from the 50s/60s I found a few pics of the Moscow airports shot from U-2 reconnaissance planes. As I assume that more than 50 years after they have been taken more of them must be declassified, I wondered if they were somewhere online available. Any idea?

Below a pic of Moscow Sheremetyevo in the mid 60s:
http://oldmos.ru/photo/view/9562
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ebj1248650
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Sun May 23, 2010 2:00 pm

I would presume that you could find such photos on the internet. Start with "U-2 Reconnaissance Photos" and see where that takes you.
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aeroweanie
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Sun May 23, 2010 9:06 pm

Here are a few:

A launch pad at Baikonur:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/Baikonur_CIA_U-2.gif

The Semiplatenski nuclear test site:


The Engels strategic bomber base:
 
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Mon May 24, 2010 11:30 am

I have seen some really cool pics of a U-2 on the deck of (I believe) USS Kitty Hawk. Unfortunately I don't have a link.
Believe the pics were taken in the 1960s.
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Mon May 24, 2010 2:08 pm

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 3):
I have seen some really cool pics of a U-2 on the deck of (I believe) USS Kitty Hawk. Unfortunately I don't have a link.

Some here.... with a bit of history.

http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/history/q0050.shtml
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Mon May 24, 2010 3:42 pm

oly --

Great stuff ! Thank you. 
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SABIM
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Mon May 24, 2010 8:29 pm

Thanks guys for the effort.

I googled everything there is to google about this meanwhile, but no pics it seems. It is ironic enough that most of the few I found were available on websites of the enemy.

Anyway, this plane is with no doubt a remarkable chapter of both aviation and cold war history. I read it was also very hard to fly and even harder to land, even on dryland.
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Mon May 24, 2010 9:01 pm

Quoting sabim (Reply 6):

Anyway, this plane is with no doubt a remarkable chapter of both aviation and cold war history. I read it was also very hard to fly and even harder to land, even on dryland.

Not hard to fly technically, but definitely physically. They wanted light controls at altitude, resulting in extremely heavy controls lower down. Its flying characteristics though were not unlike a glider, and any old idiot can fly them, myself being case in point. It was hard to maintain flight at operational height as they were cruising in a very narrow band of airspeed (a couple of knots two low and you stall, and a couple to high and you start to buffet), dubbed "coffin corner". This band of airspeed only got smaller as upgrades to the autopilot improved so the plane could go a tad higher still.

The landing difficulty is principally due to poor visibility, hence the fast car to talk the pilot down in the flare (and spoilers that could be more effective). The U2 suffered from a tendency to ground loop, a trait also shared with sailplanes, but in this case the limited visibility compounded the issue. I recommend this NSFW video on U2 landings for those that haven't seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eamnT...laynext_from=TL&videos=VMqec4lYNGk
 
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Tue May 25, 2010 3:32 pm

Quoting GST (Reply 7):
I recommend this NSFW video on U2 landings for those that haven't seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eamnT...lYNGk

That was an amazing video, thanks for sharing!
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Wed May 26, 2010 12:04 pm

Yeah, thats a great clip, thanks for the link!

Hard to believe a military plane regularily lands like that! Does it go wrong much?
 
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Sun May 30, 2010 11:10 am

I have a former U-2 driver that flys with me, says they wash out the majority of applicants to the program due to the difficulty in landing the jet. It is the hardest a/c to land in the USAF inventory.

What impresses me the most is the climb performance, if you've ever seen it, you know what I'm talking about!
 
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Sun May 30, 2010 5:21 pm

Quoting spudh (Reply 9):
Hard to believe a military plane regularily lands like that! Does it go wrong much?

Reading the comments of the person who posted the video on YouTube those aren't videos of regular in-line service pilots landing, but rather of potential candidates for the U-2 program doing their initial trials in the plane... all of which are videotaped, and put together for our enjoyment lol.  
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SABIM
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RE: Declassified U-2 Pics Available Somewhere?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:06 pm

i love th vid! 

however, back to the topic. this is the best pics I found:
http://maps.kosmosnimki.ru/api/index.html?60e  
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