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U2 @ Akrotiri

Old 2nd Nov 2014, 08:46
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Must have taken off.


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Old 2nd Nov 2014, 09:38
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More interesting is the shagfest going on out the back of the barrack block second-in from the left, third one down.
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Old 2nd Nov 2014, 09:43
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Thanks for that have opened Bing map and see same image! Though if you click on Bird Eye view lol, the image disappears!

Btw has anyone else seen this dodgy google earth / map view of one part of the AMARC flying around on the web lol to the bottom left ,



Could not resist the post Halloween humour

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Old 2nd Nov 2014, 12:11
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Done before:

Isn't photoshop great?

Look here: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/...f50c8f87748ce3 8


The 4 B-52s have the right markings to match but since that old image, one F-14 seems to have had it's wings swept and a lot of bits of the B-2 have been taken away.

Throw in a couple of indistinct shapes and you're done!
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Old 2nd Nov 2014, 14:00
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My best mate was there earlier this year working and he got a ride in one of the Subaru's down the runway to bring one of the U-2's in. He got to try space food as well.

Apparently the Yanks have got an awesome badge on their flying suits - a picture of Snoopy with "Still not here after 40 years" written under it. LOL
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I certainly wasn't there last week and certainly don't have the snoopy t-shirt��
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Cows,

That's too close too comfort to what we believed at the time to be the stn cdr's personal vineyard (Bob Hoskins?). I, and a spectacularly delightful squipper, ended up in there one July night after the federale has raided a party in the APC WRAF block. We eventually fell asleep and she disappeared in the early hours leaving me to later explain to the RAF Copper (who woke me up) what I thought I was doing with my Ron Hill UJs on my head. SWO not too happy either. I had a sore throat for a week too, god knows what they were sprayed with.
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Old 2nd Nov 2014, 19:46
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From a few years earlier:


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Old 2nd Nov 2014, 19:54
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BEagle, Could your mates at JARIC not supply you with a higher resolution shot showing the awesome badges on their flying suits!
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Confusing the Russians

The sneaky radio operators of a non-existent Signal Troop had a receiver site at Akrotiri.
They maintained that the Soviet satellite was using the U2 as an excuse - they were being watched.
Occassionaly there site log would read - "Confused the Russians today".
This indicated that they climbed on top of their Land Rover in the bondhu and performed a very intimate act .
Confused indeed.
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U2/TR1

Interesting thing about the U2, when they showed us around the aircraft cockpit it's got a reticle (sort of gunsight) in front of the seat looking straight down so that the pilot can see which country he's overhead rather than the country he's next door to. (Terrible grammar)
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Old 3rd Nov 2014, 03:17
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BEagle, Could your mates at JARIC not supply you with a higher resolution shot showing the awesome badges on their flying suits!
Nah.
It would just have shown that it was a painting on the pan to confuse the punters.


(And JARIC is also no more than a memory now.)
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Old 3rd Nov 2014, 11:25
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That looks like a bad day at the Airfix factory (or someone trying a bit of model-making while pished)...

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Beagle,

That's a nice photograph. Directly behind the aircraft is the hangar they operated from in the early 70s, when I was based there. They had one half and we (The Lightning Minor Servicing Team) had the other. The Hangar to the immediate left of the U2 is the TASF Hangar, with the annexes being used as Station Hydraulic Bay, and at the top end the Staion Tyre Bay. The Hansard across the pan to the right was the Vulcan Aircraft Servicing Flight hangar, one of two used for second line servicing of 9 and 35's bombers. I'm not sure what year this was taken, the car park to the left of the TASF Hangar was not there in 1975, when I left. Thanks for posting it, it brings back some happy memories.

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Old 17th Sep 2015, 09:13
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Beirut Air Bridge

Slightly digressing, a good mate of mine - one of the Mother Rucker graduates, had the absolute pleasure of being there in the 80s with his 60s doing the embassy runs.

Heard the stories of deck landings, the drop in at the compound - and the old let -not-thy-right-hand-know-what-thy-left-hand-does/knows _stick your hand out and take the package / envelope/postcard but don't look at it in the dead of night. In a loT of cases, don't even look at he passengers entering or exiting.

Though when the Reds did their practice, him and his mates always welcomed the view....


Though did anyone watch The Unit Season 3 - Play 16? Would think his case it was supposedly a U.S. FOB in Cyprus ...in TPMH as the hospital and press room upstairs has the Union Jack but on a. There is one floor of Us Army / USAF and the morgue downstairs with Armed Forces ME and guarded by Sky cops. The ungrateful injured former hostage reporter is persuaded by the surviving members to change his story whilst their injured colleague is treated next door and their deceased colleague and comrade is carried y his crew into the mortuary (which we can assume is TPMHs one though looked more Hollywood single freezer as opposed to UK one fridge fits all) and the army / USAF med captain has the task of extracting bullet, cleaning up any traces of Beirut and then in silver transport case back to states. So in the case of the tragic accident, that the USAF medics came along to take care of the pilots remains TPMH due to the sensitive nature of the the circumstances.

Wonder if with the black balloons , there was a cadre of their aerospace med lot taking over TPMH during the deployments as well as supporting my mates detachment ?

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Old 17th Jun 2022, 09:00
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What are your references for the UK acquiring U2s? There were exchange pilots for sure but "on strength U2s"?
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 09:57
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Angel The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: U-2 & OXCART Programs

CIA Gen on Brit U-2s (not the band silly): https://www.docdroid.com/xbtfrRa/the...-1954-1974-pdf (66Mb) 6 page extract below tells the UK story.
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 10:08
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The idea of using British pilots in the U-2 program first arose in the spring of l 957, when Richard Bissell-upset that his aircraft had not been allowed to fly over the Soviet Union since the December 1956 standdown-was searching for ways to reduce the political risks of overflights and thus obtain more frequent authorization for missions over the Soviet Union. One of his proposals was to use non-US pilots-possibly British-to increase the possibility of plausible denial in the event of a loss. At a meeting with key CIA. Defense Department. and State Department officials on 6 May 1957, President Eisenhower approved the concept of British participation in the U-2 • !O'J proJect
Thanks for posting, I didn't know that.

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Old 18th Jun 2022, 01:47
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Thanks SpazSinbad for those links. I didn't know that there was a "sleight of hand" title transfer for each mission, which was a different concept to the vague discussions in 1965 of the UK buying U2s.
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Not the only occasions aircraft were “transferred” for spy flights.

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