If you like aircraft watch this

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 358 winchester, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    The U-2 was a cold war spy plane used by the Air Force to keep tabs on The

    Soviet Union. It flew so high it was thought that it couldn't be shot down

    by anything that existed then...that is until Gary Francis Powers was shot

    down over the Soviet Unior by a new SA 2 Guideline surface to air

    missile...used extansively later during the Vietnam war. It caused the

    demise of many Navy and Air Force aircraft. The U2 is a glider with
    wings...NEVER meant for anything but land based runway operations. Note the

    wing tips hitting the deck and the ships crew holding the wing up for

    launch. For experienced Navy tailhookers.....note the very shallow

    glideslope...definitely Air Force runway approach procedures because of the

    delicate landing gear. Navy planes are made to "crash" onto the deck and

    the landing gear on all Navy aircraft are significantly more beefy than any

    Air Forc e airplane. This took significant skill and daring to see if it

    could be done. These pictures are a first .....

    very few people knew that this was done. Enjoy...

    I received this from Paul Rock who flew both the SR71 and the U2 during

    the 60's. He is retired here in Florida. .

    Sent to me by a Navy buddy:

    I was on this cruise. This was in late 62 or early 63. After the U2

    carrier quals, we departed Oakland with 2 U2's and about 6 F4's. aboard the

    Ranger (CVA61), We had 7or 8 crews, some maint guys, and 3 Airforce (or

    Maybe CIA) U2 pilots. Our OinC was John Young (later Astronaut) . We were

    gone about 3 weeks. Never found out where we went except that we crossed

    the equator and had a big shellback ceremony. After about a week the U2's

    flew several 6 or 7 hour missions and then we turned for home. We flew

    several times during the cruise just for proficiency but just in the landing

    pattern. No tacan locks and no radar returns (and no bingo fields!) so we

    were way out in the middle of nowhere.

    You won't believe this!

  2. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Amazing stuff Ron. I'm pretty savy about military aircraft but this is the first I've heard about U-2 carrier trials or missions. Cool stuff. ;) :)

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  3. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    It came to me from a good friend that spend his entire life in the Navy that is all I know about it.
  4. Big ugly

    Big ugly New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Knoxville Tennessee
    Difficult task for any pilot especialliy in a U2
  5. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Flapping wings and rocking decks. :eek: :D

  6. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Pretty darn impressive! My carrier days consisted exactly of 5 whole days on the Kennedy; while assigned to a F-18 training squadron. Found a whole new respect for those that I respectfully call Squids !! ;):p That was plenty enough for me, I much rather preferred Key West and New Orleans ! :D
  7. artabr

    artabr New Member

    I seen the Kennedy from the surface in an 18' boat at about 100 yds distance. You truly get a grasp of the concept of SMALL. :eek: :D

  8. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    I seem to remember a picture of an aircraft on a carrier deck with small wheels on the wingtips. ??? Anybody?

  9. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Harrier jump jet.


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  10. Suwannee Tim

    Suwannee Tim New Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    My father, a retried Aviation Ordinance Chief home built a Pietenpol. About 1972 or 1973 the Saratoga was returning to Mayport and my dad decided to fly out to meet it. We flew past the ship maybe 200 feet off the beam about walking speed faster than the ship was steaming, it took us a good five minutes to pass it. Dad then cut the power so the ship was walking speed faster than us, taking five minutes to pass us. He then slipped over behind the fantail as though approaching for a landing. An officer rushed out on deck with hand paddles waving them overhead warn us not to land. I think Dad would have landed if not for that.

    As far as the video, I have seen it, I don't believe it.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2009
  11. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico

    Wow what an awesome experience!!!

    Your Dad could have really enhanced the experience by landing!!!!!

    That would have been quite the experience to say the least hehehehe :eek:

    So who is going to buy the video and give us a report on it?
  12. obxned

    obxned Active Member

    Mar 4, 2007
    I would have thought it absolutely impossible to operate a U-2 off of a carrier.
  13. Suwannee Tim

    Suwannee Tim New Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    Anybody knows that. That's why I don't believe it. I saw some film of, I think it was a C130 operating off a carrier deck. Didn't believe that either. I don't know maybe it wasn't a C130, maybe it was just a C129 or a C128, you know something a little smaller than a C130.:p
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2009
  14. big steve

    big steve New Member

    Aug 8, 2009
  15. Silencer

    Silencer Well-Known Member

    What was that "ejection locked canopy" part at the end? I couldn't see anything; it was too dark.

    Fantastic video, though!
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