US U2 Spy Plane Crashes in SW Asia, Pilot Dead

US U2 Spy Plane Crashes in SW Asia, Pilot Dead

Not a whole lot of details on this one so far, though.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/22/AR2005062200372.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The pilot of a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane has died in a crash in southwest Asia, the military said Wednesday.

The cause of Tuesday night's crash was under investigation, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. The pilot was returning to a base from a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The military did not immediately the release the location or circumstances of the crash.
 

jmervyn

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DrunkCajun said:
Quite sad; another servicemember lost, and pilot error will most likely get a thorough examination. Of course, what do you expect from a, what, 50-year-old airframe? It probably was not an original aircraft, but sometimes these things resemble patchwork quilts.

Try flying in a UH-1 that has been rebuilt after crashing numerous times, and noticing the patched-over bullet holes made by Vietnamese ground fire...
 

jmervyn

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rikstaker said:
Where is Southwest Asia? :scratch:

Rik
Military terminology for Middle East. Used in an operational context, rather than as a geographic reference. Generally shortened to SWA, as in the award SWASM for the Service Medal.
 

Ranger14

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KnightFall said:
Looking for Bin Laden I wonder???

KnightFall
Operation Enduring Freedom is the effort against terrorism, so probably a good chance that could have had something to do with it.
 

Raistlin Majere

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DrunkCajun said:
Wasn't it prohibitively expensive to run though? Something about ridiculous fuel costs?
Yes, the plane is a bit more expensive, but they keep on drafting it every once and a while. but a better saftey record.

The plane leaks fuel on the ground because when it hits mach 3+, the airframe streches 8 inches. Takes off near the redline in fact. That and almost all the airframe is made of Titanium Alloy, not Aluminum like the majority of aircraft.
 

AeroJonesy

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Not to mention we can do a lot of our spying from satellites now. And we're not spying on Russia (as much) anymore.
 

Suicidal Zebra

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Unless the Rayleigh Limit has been breached whilst I wasn't looking, high-altitude aircraft still do a much better job of detailed imaging, and so probably remains most suitable for reconnaissance. :)
 

rikstaker

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jmervyn said:
Military terminology for Middle East. Used in an operational context, rather than as a geographic reference. Generally shortened to SWA, as in the award SWASM for the Service Medal.
Ahh I see.

On to the topic-Aren't US's unmanned spy planes just as good?

Rik
 
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