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Old 18th Jun 2022, 11:06
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Originally Posted by bonajet View Post
What are your references for the UK acquiring U2s? There were exchange pilots for sure but "on strength U2s"?
Only one U-2 on RAF strength, based at Watton (I think) for weather research and only for a brief period.

Not sure who we were trying to kid with these implausible misdirections but high-alt recce was a serious thing for the RAF for many years, so the participation would have been of no surprise to anyone, even back then.

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Old 19th Jun 2022, 07:51
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"based at Watton (I think) for weather research"

Ah yes... weather research..................... ​​​​​​​
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Old 19th Jun 2022, 15:47
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Yes and no, some U2s were modified with scoops and particulate filters to monitor the fall out from Russian nuclear tests at Nova Zemlya - they flew out off the UK and took samples over the Barents sea outside Russian airspace.

To keep it pertinent to the thread, they also did it with flights out of Australia - "Operation Crowflight"

https://nautilus.org/napsnet/napsnet...on-crowflight/

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Old 19th Jun 2022, 18:07
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They were crazy times
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Old 19th Jun 2022, 23:06
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Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
Yes and no, some U2s were modified with scoops and particulate filters to monitor the fall out from Russian nuclear tests at Nova Zemlya - they flew out off the UK and took samples over the Barents sea outside Russian airspace.

To keep it pertinent to the thread, they also did it with flights out of Australia - "Operation Crowflight"

https://nautilus.org/napsnet/napsnet...on-crowflight/
Fascinating - knew about the carrier Ops wrt French tests - but not the Australian operations.
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Old 19th Jun 2022, 23:30
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Originally Posted by tartare View Post
Fascinating - knew about the carrier Ops wrt French tests - but not the Australian operations.
https://www.adastron.com/lockheed/oddities/U-2.htm








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Old 20th Jun 2022, 04:29
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The U-2 dead stick landing from 300 miles out at East Sale was still the subject of much mess bar discussion in the late 70's.
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