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Wednesday November 28, 2012

San Antonio, TX (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Pilot: ATC, request clearance to 65,000 feet. ATC: Brother, if you can get up there, it's all yours. Pilot: Roger, descending to 65,000 feet. This could be told of the U2 as well. More info: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/The-Object-at-Hand-Stealth-Machine.html#ixzz2DfqTwAGG

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2. EndlessHorizon
12:52 PM GMT on November 30, 2012
Nice shot of this bird! There's another one at the museum at Castle AFB in California. Love your tags, btw :^) Are you a pilot? One of the pilots in my club worked on the blackbird at Roswell. Now that it's been declassified, he's been singing like, well, a bird, about his experiences. One of the things he mentioned was that nobody ever saw the entire plane. When the avionics had to be installed, the rest of the plane was draped off; no one but the avionics people could see the cockpit and the gear, and the avionics folks couldn't see the rest of the plane.

You've seen this U2 video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PmYItnlY5M
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1. SammyWoody
12:07 PM GMT on November 30, 2012
Awesome plane indeed. Saw my first one in Dec of 72 at Udorn, Vietnam war, northern Thailand when it was diverted to our base for in flight emergency. Of course, at that time the SPs wouldn't let us get anywhere near it - was in a revetment close to the 13th TFS (my outfit). Saw one in the air at Oshkosh in 97 at the Air Force's 50th anniversary, the one in the Museum of Flight in Seattle, and earlier this year, the one in the Wright Patterson air force museum, Dayton, OH. Thanks for sharing!
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