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  • Gerard
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2009
    • 3178

    Do they still land U-2s on flattops?



    Old video but still nice to see. Which made me wonder if they still do this?
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  • obligatory
    Senior Member
    • Oct 2008
    • 7043

    #2
    i always thought the wheels was far and away too narrow for anything like this,
    i also thought U-2 was about as stable as a leaf at landing speed

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    • Gerard
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2009
      • 3178

      #3
      I looks like the impact on landing is much less than wit the real navy aircraft. Probably the low landing speed was a great help with that. The same with take off speed, the carrier with the nose in the wind with 25 knots plus wind speed.
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      • djcross
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2000
        • 5467

        #4
        No, operating a U-2 from a carrier was a stunt that was only done once.

        USAF also tried to aerial refuel a U-2 behind a KC-135 with disastrous results.

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        • TEEJ
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Oct 2005
          • 2354

          #5
          There were operational U-2 missions from a carrier. Operation Fish Hawk was recently declassified.

          Detachment G conducted Operation FISH HAWK in May 1964
          by sending two pilots, an NPIC photointerpreter. and a U-2G
          equipped with the Itek 1128 camera to make the first operational U-2
          flights from an aircraft carrier. On 19 May the U-2 rook off from the
          USS Ranger and overflew the French atomic test area. As soon as the
          aircraft returned to the Ranger, the film was developed in the carrier's
          photo lab, and the NPIC photointerpreter then read out the film to see
          if the photography met the requiremems for resolution and quality. A
          second U-2 flight carried out a similar mission on 22 May. The photography
          provided all the detail needed to identify the preparations for
          the nuclear test that occurred later that year.
          http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAE...hapter%205.pdf

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          • TomcatViP
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Nov 2011
            • 6127

            #6
            Thank you for the Link TEEJ.
            Today they are rumored to fly Avengers off the deck

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