StarshipSAN
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Nasa U2/WB57 At SAN?

Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:54 am

I flew into SAN this afternoon and as we were landing I could've sworn I saw a white and blue plane that looked a lot like a U2 or WB57 parked on/near the cargo ramp. Can anyone else confirm/negate this? If it's really there, why would it be at SAN and not a nearby military air field like North Island or Miramar?
 
HaveBlue
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RE: Nasa U2/WB57 At SAN?

Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:06 am

My first thought is that the difference between the U-2/TR-1/ER-2 and a WB-57 should be painfully obvious... the U-2 and its family has nothing engine related under its wing, just F-104 style intakes on either side of the fuselage and perhaps fuel tanks under the wing.. whereas the WB-57 has huge engines on slender wings.
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RE: Nasa U2/WB57 At SAN?

Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:11 am

It was an edge on view, so the engines of the WB57 wouldn't have been as prominent. That being said, my first thought was definitely that it was a U2, but it was quick and I started second guessing myself. I didn't get a good enough look to say for certain whether the engines were or weren't on the wings.
 
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RE: Nasa U2/WB57 At SAN?

Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:22 am

At the risk of being redundant.. if you didn't notice engines on the wing, it was likely a U-2. It would be almost impossible imo to see an RB-57/WB-57 variant without noticing the enormous (relatively) engines.
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RE: Nasa U2/WB57 At SAN?

Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:54 am

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):
the U-2 and its family has nothing engine related under its wing, just F-104 style intakes on either side of the fuselage and perhaps fuel tanks under the wing..

Some of the U-2s have the "superpod" which I believe some of the NASA planes possess as well, which from a distance may appear similar to the wing mounted engines of the WB-57.
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RE: Nasa U2/WB57 At SAN?

Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:11 pm

The bigger question is why would this type of aircraft be at SAN? You would think Miramar or even North Island would be better to accommodate it.
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