As a replacement for the venerable U-2 spyplane
, Lockheed went from contract signing to first flight in only thirty-two months starting in April 1958--from the beginning of design studies to the signing of a contract from the CIA to build the initial batch of A-12s in February 1960, to first flight in 1962.
Aurora was a rumoured 80s US spyplane
, the existence of which has never been definitively proved.
snapped pictures of the facility at Tyuratam.
(25.) Norman Polmar, Spyplane
: The U-2 History Declassified (Osceola, WI: MBI Publishing, 2001), 6.
An unmanned Predator drone spyplane
flew 40,000 feet overhead, feeding pictures of the target area back to the States.
The Optica spyplane
, with its distinctive "bug-like" glass canopy, affords a panoramic view of the horizon and countryside.
Even more, it will be a jack-of-all-trades, able to take over the old jobs of not only the first generation of Predators and Reapers, but also of manned planes that range from the U-2 spyplane
to the F-16 fighter jet and even to cargo and tanker aircraft.
DEFENCE chiefs secretly admitted Nimrod jets were worn out after the Afghanistan spyplane
tragedy, it has been claimed.
Probably the most famous would be the American U-2 spyplane
. This aircraft was able to conduct surveillance at an altitude of 70,000 feet (21,336 m) and captured some of the most important images of the Cold War.
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Somewhere high above in the darkness could be heard the drone of an Israeli spyplane
See the amazing Blackbird spyplane
and board the original Air Force One.