Reconnaissance

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The SR-71 that outpaced a missile over Libya

The aircraft had been photographing Libyan targets in the aftermath of Operation El Derado Canyon in 1986

Hensoldt selected for Germany’s new SIGINT capability

German defence electronic solutions provider Hensoldt has been awarded a contract to deliver the country’s new Pegasus airborne electronic signals intelligence (SIGINT) system.

USAF retires final OC-135B following Open Skies withdrawal

The USAF formally retired the second and final Boeing OC-135B photo observation aircraft on June 4, following a ceremony at Lincoln Airport in Nebraska, which is serving as the temporary home of the 55th Wing’s 45th RS

Germany ends 14-year Tornado/Heron recon mission in Afghanistan

The German Air Force’s Tactical Air Force Wing 51 ‘Immelmann’ has marked the end of an era, following the cessation of the unit’s 14-year-long reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan

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Desert Storm 30: The U-2's Olympic Flare missions

The U-2 spy plane, nicknamed the Dragon Lady, flew 544 reconnaissance sorties during Operation Desert Storm, gathering priceless intelligence for allied forces involved in the Gulf War

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Desert Storm 30: Eyes of the Storm

Thirty years after the brutally swift and successful aerial assault of Operation Desert Storm in the war against Iraq, Key.Aero explores the vital reconnaissance role played by the Air National Guard's RF-4C Phantoms

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USAF UFO: Mystery Aircraft Caught on Camera

A mysterious aircraft matching the description of the USAF’s secret RQ-180 reconnaissance drone flew over Edwards AFB in California in daylight sometime in early October – and a photographer was there to document it

France accepts first King Air 350 ISR aircraft

The General Directorate of Armaments – France’s military procurement agency – accepted the first intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)-configured Beechcraft King Air 350ER on behalf of the French Air Force on July 31.

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Aircraft Report: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Lockheed's iconic SR-71A could cruise on the edge of space and outpace incoming missiles. Even now, over 20 years after being retired from service, no manned aircraft has ever flown higher or faster.

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Korean War: Dual Identity

A reconnaissance version of Northrop’s mighty P-61 Black Widow played a vital role...