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The vehicle therefore performed a series of four steep S-shaped banking turns, each lasting several minutes, at up to 70 degrees of bank, while still maintaining the 40-degree angle of attack. In this way it dissipated speed sideways rather than upwards.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: ScientiaFortisDefendit
They're not quite the same. The Texas bird has a slight curve where the body is blended into the leading edge of the wing. This aircraft is a straight edge to the leading edge.
One is a soon to be declassified platform, I'm pretty sure the other is an already declassified platform that's in the grey world.
originally posted by: gippers
a reply to: OatDelphi
Considering I could claim to live near the very same base, not really. I'm not trying to say you are a liar, but we both know people can tell stories on the internet. I believe you live near the base, but I can't just take your word for it.
In addition to the Vienna Document, the Open Skies Treaty has provided information about Russia’s military build-up on the Ukrainian border. Signed in 1992, the treaty allows its 34 members to conduct a predetermined number of flights to collect imagery of territory of other members of the treaty. All aircraft must be equipped with specific sensors to ensure that the data collected is not excessively detailed. For example, camera resolution is limited. While some states party to the treaty maintain their own National Technical Means (e.g., imagery satellites) that provide more accurate imagery intelligence, an important goal of the treaty is to enhance confidence amongst parties to the treaty by granting all the opportunity to collect imagery.