An RB 47 used to fly out of Yakota AFB, Japan and often into North Korean airspace in the 1960s. Though this type of flying is low key and
confidential...it must have really pissed off the North Koreans who eventually sent a Mig fighter to attack this aircraft and shot the tail out of it.
THis plane made it back to Japan where it was scrapped and the flights put on hold.
Eventually this replacement aircraft made it's way to Japan to continue whatever flights were programmed or scheduled to be flown.
An RB 57F.
I have seen this aircraft fly when in Japan. It takes off on a very short run to get airborne and can fly incredibly slow. I was astonished to see one
fly over the movie theater where I was standing in line waiting for a ticket. I swear it could fly slower than I could ride my bicycle as a teenager
back in those years. It turned one wing up and the other down and it looked like the wing was reaching down into the street near where I was standing.
This same wing began to flutter as it lost lift underneath it grasping desperately for air. I knew then it was about to crash sliding into the street
and kill us all. To my utter astonishment..the pilot gunned the engine and the plane quickly came around as if it was literally standing on one
wing..and landed on the runway.
I stood there like an idiot..frozen at what I had just seen. I was like an actor in a Stephen Spielburg movie..standing there frozen with my mouth
hanging open...speechless at to what I had just born witness. I remember it like yesterday. I have never seen another plane since do what that one had
done. So big..so massive and yet could fly so slow.
I think the last of these are relegated to NASA today. Think again if you believe NASA only uses these for weather Recon.
Why would NASA ever need one with a low visibility paint scheme..for weather??
I've seen how the U2's are set up. They have modules of different equipment packages which can be installed to mission orders and requirements. A
module which can be changed out and fits flush with the body of the aircraft. You just change out the various modules.There are common power umbilical
connections on the bulkheads. You just have your various electronic packages/modules powered by this common umbilical connection. They are Tailor made
electronics packages. You just change the custom electronic packages according to the mission requirements. The aircraft is only a package delivery
system. The difference today is that much of the information's is transmitted and coded in real time ..before the aircraft lands back at base. No
reason to believe this RB 57F/WB57F is set up any different.
I ran into a fellow who was with this recon squadron in Japan when I was in the Air Force. He told me that these pilots were specially trained and
qualified for this aircraft and could not fly if they had so much as a cold.
They also wore the astronaut suits with portable airconditioners until the got in the cockpit until hooked up to the airplane system and the plane
But yes...in case you do not know the status of our spying...we spy on our friends as well as our enemies..always have and always will be so. It also
means that we have spied on our own people for a long time now...just like was the case in Ancient Rome. It was no surprise to me when this news broke
that our government was spying on us and also on allied nations.
The Pueblo Incident in the 1960a is an example of the spying which had been going on for a long time out of Japan and other places. We just got caught
there is all. The Koreans just got fed up with it and were tired of us getting away with it for so many years.
Back when the Pueblo incident happened ..the nuclear carrier Enterprise was in Japan on a tour and the Japanese were very upset by the presence of
this ship and they were protesting for several days outside the gates of the Navy Base. Suddenly overnight the carrier pulled out and went to sea in
response to the Pueblo Incident. I still remember that how suddenly the ship pulled out of Japan. They must have had a bunch of people who missed the
ship and had to fly out on the COD aircraft...she pulled out so suddenly.
As to the Russian bombers ..this is a cat and mouse game as Zaphod aptly states. We do this as well to check out a nation response ..response times
This is done with aircraft, ships as well as submarines.
Thanks to all for their posts,
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