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on Aug 20, 2015

Once again, it is interesting how the availability of the highly-successful English Electric Canberra bomber when converted in the US (under licence) to the Martin B-57, finally emerged as the U-2.

on Aug 20, 2015

Nothing of the sort. The U2 did not evolve from the B57. Either read the story again, or do some very basic research on the aircraft.

on Aug 14, 2016

The Canberra was a great design and both British PRs and Martin B-57As, Ds, and Fs served as recce platforms but there was absolutely no connection between them and the U-2.

First, the U2 had an engine missing.

Second, Teddy Petter was not Kelly Johnson in English drag.

on Aug 21, 2015

The Caberra was designed and built in the UK in the late 40s and early 50s and Glen Martin manufactured the American version the B-57 as a light bomber which saw limited action in the VN war (initially the overall color was matte black). In 1968 the Art Force modified some of those B-57s for weather research sporting longer and much wider wings abd more powerful engines and to the untrained eye they looked like U2s. Eventually those aircraft went to NASA which operates three of them as we speak. Don't mix apples with oranges as they are birds of totally different feathers.

on Aug 14, 2016

First the Ar Force B-57 and RAAF Canberras saw service (not limited) in the Vietnam War.

Second the B-57D was in service with the USAF in 1956. When the wings started to fall off them in the early 1960s design of the replacement B-57F commenced in 1962.

The "Weather they monitored was primarily radioactivity from Chinese tests.

I still see NASA's B-57F flying out of Ellington Field.

"to the untrained eye they looked like U2s."

That would be a very untrained eye, at a very long distance, half closed, on a dark, dark, night in a very bad rainstorm.

on Jul 20, 2017

No pure D or F, only RB-57D, RB-57F. They existed only as recon versions. I saw a D flying around Dayton once, dressed in black very cool. It or a sister ship lost a wing -- they were fatigue prone -- the pilot got out and the remains fell in a school yard. I think it blew in some windows but no fatalities.

on Nov 7, 2017

You the same guy who posted AMERIKANSKI STEAL X-1 FROM BRITISH AIRCRAFT DESIGN!!1!! DIRTY WICKET OLD BEAN on the Sound Barrier anniversary forum?

'Cause it's like you're not even trying.

on Aug 21, 2015

If I recall correctly from Kelly Johnson's autobiography they were awarded a $22 million contract for 20 airframes. They delivered 23 airframes under budget and gave back the change! Hard to fathom considering today's business climate ...

on Aug 14, 2016

Kelly Johnson unlike the folks at Lockheed today was very competent, conscientious, and honest

Now he would probably be sacked for failing to drag the program out.

Certainly for not milking the government for twice what Lockheed bid.

on Aug 21, 2015

What a great aircraft I used to watch these take from a RAF base in Cyprus back in the early 90s going on missions over Iraq.

on Aug 22, 2015

It would be nice if you could use the proper type designation for this aircraft, TR-1, instead of the name Lyndon Johnson bestowed on it because he didn't know any better. U-2 was, I believe, the name of Weisbaden to Baltic Sea route that TR-1 aircraft used in Germany.

on Jun 28, 2016

As i recall, the remarks by Pres. Johnson were about the RS-71 which he called the SR71.

on Mar 23, 2017

That was President Reagan that confused the RS-71 designation which he called the SR-71 at which point all of the Air Force paperwork was changed.

on Aug 14, 2016

Lyndon didn't bestow any name on the U-2.

You are probably thinking of the A-11/A-12 and RS/SR malapropisms.

on Apr 20, 2017

The U in U2 was a deception. U stood for Utility such as Cessna 310 was a U 3 Tr 1 is for later highly modified versions

on Jan 29, 2018

TR-1 not a mod, but a new airplane. I wonder if the use of the U-2 desingnation as for contractual/legal reasons. Think B-29D = B-50A, F-96 = F-84F, etc.

on Sep 6, 2015

The previous comment is nonsense.
Re photo 2, this was actually taken at Oildale, CA, a temporary production facility that The Skunk Works set up to build the Air Force U-2s (the ones for the CIA were built at Burbank).
Re photo 6, the first carrier trials were in 1963 with the U-2G version, not U-2E. The photo shows a U-2R.

on Apr 20, 2016

God'sThank...We need alive the Raptor F-22!!!

on Jul 5, 2016

I watched one take off from Cubi Point NAS in the Phillipines around fall of 1964. Thought it would be boring to watch but was, instead, amazed at the short takeoff roll and the spirally climb out of sight over the runway.
Must have been headed for North Vietnam or China. It's a grand a/c !!

on Aug 14, 2016

Sixty years of service. Pretty good for what was seen as a four or five year program.

Of course the airplanes now in service bear only a passing resemblance to the U-2A.

on Aug 15, 2016

I was a SAC pilot on the B-47 stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base flying to England and Spain in 1957-58 to be on Alert. On the flight where the KC-97's that we were to be refueled over Labrador, the KC-97's aborted; so we landed at a base near Rome, New York to obtain fuel. It was early in the morning when we landed at the Air Base. We were picked up by a 'ground crew' and 'escorted' to a 'shack' so we had no vision of what was 'going on'. When we returned to our aircraft, we observed this 'strange' aircraft take-off. We later learned that the 'strange' aircraft was a U-2......What an incredible time!!

on Nov 4, 2016

good story...thanks

on Nov 15, 2016

The U-2 fuselage was adapted from the F-104

on Nov 22, 2016

It always amazes me that when conflicting stories emerge, so much more interesting details see the light of day

on Mar 9, 2017

I recall seeing B57's on the flight line in Guam and Okinawa during my my TDY's during Vietnam. One of our graduates from AF pilot training was assigned to fly it. A beautiful bird but has little resemblance to the U2's.

on Apr 18, 2017

I recall seeing the SR71 at Edwards AFB in the summer of 1964. It had just been announced by Johnson, not Reagan. We were a group of summer science students studying Meteorology at UCLA. We were at Edwards to see a U2 that was used for weather studies. We got to crawl all over aircraft. The altimeter was covered. You do not realize from pictures how huge the U2 is. The SR71 was setting across the tarmac. I am sure that most of our group did not know what it was. I have been fascinated by the SR71 ever since.

on Apr 20, 2017

I was a brand new GCA/Tower operator at Eielson in Alaska when I first saw the U 2. It sat on the runway (parallel and visible from the highway) for several hours before takeoff. Tower controlled with light gun, no radio. GCA verified IFF worked silently Then when returned from mission (over Siberia) GCA approach at 50-60 mph on final (boring!) then pilot in pickup (no Mustangs or Camaros) talked him down to landing. Always exciting!

on Jan 29, 2018

Not 60 years. The current so called U-2 is a different airframe from the 1955 airplane. Sort of like saying the B-52 has been in service for 67 years because it is related to the B-47.

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