U-2 over Poland

U-2 over Poland

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Kurwa, a shitty rock band just flew over my house

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      U2 were fricking amazing all the way up to Achtung Baby
      After that, yeah they plummeted into the sewer pits

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    can't say i'm surprised in the least. they've probably got plenty of toys flying right next to the ukrainian border soaking up everything they can get their greedy little hands on.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Me too?!

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    uoooh

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      granny belly is not erotic

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It's a vampire.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Fist this war, then Bono? Havent the people of Ukraine suffered enough? WIll they finally be pushed over the Edge?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Fist this war, then Bono? Havent the people of Ukraine suffered enough? WIll they finally be pushed over the Edge?
      Bono is a war crime.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >the edge
      Ayyyy

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I didn't know they were even still flying those things. Didn't satellite kill the use case?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      U-2/SR-71/spy planes fill a unique niche that was never filled.

      satellites are low (in comparison) level of detail, very slow to get on site, infinite range
      drones are high level of detail, can get on site in a reasonable amount of time, but very limited range
      spy planes are high level of detail, fast to get on site, very high range

      so basically, when you want to get eyes on something fast that's far away there's nothing quite like a spy plane. There's also other things to consider like payloads that satellites can't do, e.g., electromagnetic spectrum spying

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        and I'll just add, if the SR-71 was still funded, you bet it would be flying almost constantly above the border of Ukraine or over the black sea. The thing could be used as a floating antenna to suck up EM spectrum emissions and beam them back to a ground station 2000 miles away, and I suspect that's what OP's U-2 is doing

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >floating antenna to suck up EM spectrum emissions
          That's probably what pic rel is doing when flying oddly shaped patterns over the baltic republics.
          > marry that sigint with something like a J-STARS and you've got a nice targeting platform

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            That looks super fricking expensive.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              It looks super fricking rad you mean.
              >T-those are your tax dollars
              Hell yeah they are.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I just realized U2 must have a GIGANTIC antenna.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >payloads that satellites can't do, e.g., electromagnetic spectrum spying

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          i meant spy planes are flexible and you can swap the payload out as the mission requires, the SR-71 had some absurd number of payload bays to mix and match equipment

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          You can cut down a tree with sniper rifle, but why should you if there's a chainsaw in garage.

          Overwhelming majority of military coms will happen in HF ( AM bands ).

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >you can cut down a tree with sniper fire
            I can attest to that, certainly more entertaining than a chainsaw. The chainsaw is a bit easier on the shoulder though.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Classic

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        There's not actually any reason you can't use a drone for the same purpose as the U-2 other than worries over jamming and embarrassments like the RQ-180, which was purely an issue of clinically moronic operation and shouldn't have occurred if anybody was doing their job
        The only actual, reasonable use is if you want to do it in a very public space and don't want to show off your new special drone to photographers

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          You mean the RQ-170 Iran incident? Not much at all is known about RQ-180, the "White Bat".

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Sattelites are so high they loose the sense of depth and can be fooled with 2d camo laid flat on top of things. Planes are used to photograph things at angle.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Nah, you just need two images or radar and you can estimate height.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      In addition to what everyone else has said, satellite's orbits are very predictable. You can just hide your secret war crime stuff when you know it's gonna be overhead

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      U-2 like the B-52 is eternal.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Nice. The U2 article is a good read; I'd just thought these were retired but per thread, there's a niche use case here for things that can flight at very high altitudes. Article states they've also looked at AI, and unmanned versions.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_U-2
        Other eternal aircraft in pic related (B52, C130, KC135, C5) In a lot of ways, these aircraft designs cover a use case that doesn't change that much, and basic physics that define flight (lift/drag/gravity) aren't going to change, so you update engines (thrust) and make the controls more modern so it's easier to control.
        One of reason I thought U2 had been set aside was it operates in a very narrow window of "flyability." The stall and Never Exceed speeds are only 10 mph apart from each other. But I guess that's where modern controls come in, and help, in present day.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Thats just preperations. What will following might be really surprising though. And no it's not NOOOKS or RoDsFromGod

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Neat.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Foreign planes over Polish soil - again.
    They'll never learn.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    For me, it's the Joshua tree, followed by the unforgettable fire

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      For me, it's the Negativland cover of "I still haven't found what I'm looking for" with the outtakes of Casey Casem swearing

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    That's a big plane

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      bump

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >5 quotes
        Way to frick up.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous
        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      4u

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      UUUU

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It truly is, that is what really surprised me when I saw one with my own eyes some years ago. You see the pictures on the internet and may think "uhh it's a big plane I guess" but then you see the real thing and it's like "holy shit that is a big plane". The wingspan is no joke, it feels so brittle, like a plane drawn by a six year old

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I had a model one as a kid. It looked weird.
        Came with little wheeled prop ups for the wing tips, to keep them from dragging on ground for take off fuly fueled.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      U2

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      IV V

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Mmm tube pizza
    Nice

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Our president and pm are on their way to states...something funny might be cooking up.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Looks like a Beriev S-13 to me

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Frick Bono

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why not use satellite, I don't understand???

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Apart from all the things already said
      Cloudy with a chance of snow makes a lot satellites pics useless

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    ALL IS QUIET
    ON NEW YEAR'S DAY

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    War is an epic album. One of the best rock album ever
    Sadly today U2 is just a pretentious band

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Bono's biddy

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