Today, i bring you a Cold War classic, a black project from Lockheed’s Skunk Works, the Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady.
Built in the early 1950s, the U-2 was developed as a new option to the reconnaissance role. During WWII bombers were modified to recon enemy territory and other valuable locations, after the war however US recon aircraft struggled to pass 40,000ft this made them vulnerable to all sorts of threats such as AAA, Soviet interceptors, and surface-to-air missiles.
Lockheed proposed an aircraft capable of reaching 70,000ft since it would be completely immune to Soviet assets at the time. They called in the best aeronautical engineer in the company, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, he was the responsible for the design of P-38 and P-80 fighters.
The prototypes were transported to Groom Lake or Area 51 for test flights and evaluation, in 1955, it flew for the first time. After 2 years of testing, the U-2 entered service with the CIA.
During it’s first overflights of the Soviet Union, the U-2s were tracked by radar and this problem only grew since a few years later in 1960, the U-2 incident happened.
The U-2 incident brought the Dragon Lady to the spotlight after an ambitious flight plan to cross Soviet territory was developed. Francis Gary Powers was flying the U-2C. Before reaching the border, Soviet radars tracked the plane and as soon as it entered their airspace, they fired SA-2 Guideline missiles, the missile detonated behind the aircraft although the airplane crashed, it was not destroyed and the remains were captured and identified. Powers survived and was captured by Soviet troops, in 1962, he was released in an exchange at Glienicke Bridge between West Berlin and Potsdam, Germany.
NASA has the ER-2 which are U-2S modified to be a research aircraft for high altitude missions, these are based at Armstrong Flight Research Center.
This is it for this Photo Series, if you have any questions or want to make suggestions for future Photo Series, send me a message, i’m here everyday!
Well after what seemed like far too many parts of etch the cockpit is pretty much complete and it’s time to shut the fuselage up, meaning that most of the etch will never be seen again but that’s nothing new is it! Onward!
CHANNING TATUM’S ROLE IN THE TV SHOW “COMRADE DETECTIVE”.
Actors Channing Tatum, Actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Cornilieu Ulici arrive at the premiere of Amazon’s “Comrade Detective” in Los Angeles.
Executive producers Alessandro Tanaka and Brian Gatewood have resurrected classic Cold War-era Soviet TV. Directed by Rhys Thomas, the six-episode series, available through Amazon, takes place in communist Romania during the 1980s, shot with an entirely local and unexpectedly talented cast. Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jenny Slate and more act as the English-language voiceover talent. Comrade Detective premiered Aug. 4 on Amazon.
So this blog is supposed to be about all the bands I like but right now it’s pretty much just David Bowie with a little bit of Paul McCartney. So reblog if you post about any of the following and I’ll check out your blog! (I follow with my main blog, thewinterfuriosa)
Fall Out Boy
Panic! at the Disco
Twenty One Pilots
Cold War Kids
Any classic rock
I really love watching Classic Who, a lot because I love running into stuff like this that I would never have known was a direct reference to past events.
Classic Season 6, Episode 21:
The Krotons, Part 3
Season 7, Episode 9: Cold War
A senior officer of the Ministry of Defence, Commander James Bond, C.M.G., R.N. is missing, believed killed, while on an offical mission in Turkey.
Commander Bond saw active service abroad in numerous theatres of conflict. Despite unconfirmed and unsubstantiated reports in the foreign press of his often controversial means of mission handling, little is actually known about Bond’s personal life.
An unofficial source at MI6 described Commander Bond as a classic cold-war warrior, his brief entry in Who’s Who is a testament to his discretion. In it he named his career only as being in the “HM Diplomatic Service.” Described by the head of MI6 as “An exemplar of British fortitude”, Commander Bond’s legacy remains a remarkable inspiration to those serving the country.
James Bond was born of a Scottish father, Andrew Bond of Glencoe, and Swiss mother, Monique Delacroix, from the Canton de Vaud. His early education, from which he inherited a first-class command of French and German, was entirely abroad. A climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges above Chaumonix, left the eleven year old Bond bereft of both parents. Jame Bond came under the guardianship of his aunt, since deceased, Miss Charmian Bond, whom he then lived with near Canterbury in Kent.
At the age of twelve, the young James Bond passed his entry exams into Eton, transferring after only two terms to Fettes – his father’s old school, where he excelled at boxing and Judo. Following active service in the Royal Navy, aboard the United Kingdom’s last operation aircraft carrier the Ark Royal and the HMS Invincible, Bond distinguished himself with the SBS in Iraq and Afghanistan before entering the SIS.
A colleague of James Bond writes: I was happy and proud to serve Commander Bond in a close capacity during the past three years at the Ministry of Defence. If our fears for him are justified, may I suggest these simple words for his epitaph? Many of the junior staff here feel they represent his philosophy: ‘I shall not waste any days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.’ Commander Bond was unmarried at the time of his death.
James Bond born 2nd March 1968 died October 20th 2012.