At the recent US Air Force Association convention and exhibition near Washington DC, I was interviewed by Vago Muradian, who runs The Defense & Aerospace Report website. We discussed the future of the U-2, and some related matters: http://defaeroreport.com/2017/09/27/ains-pocock-usafs-rq-4-global-hawk-u-2-complementary-aircraft/ Vago is very well known in defense circles, and - like me - has been privileged … Continue reading MY INTERVIEW AT AFA
RIAT is the Royal International Air Tattoo, the world’s best and largest military airshow, held at RAF Fairford in the UK every year in July. Fairford is also the stopover base for U-2s being ferried between the US and the deployment locations in the Near and Middle East. So when I learned that a two-plane … Continue reading THE U-2 AT RIAT
The Dragon Lady is now featured in the Air Warriors series of videos for The Smithsonian Channel. This 50-minute documentary covers the span of U-2 history from the early overflights of the Soviet Union, though the Gary Powers shootdown, the Cuba Missile Crisis, Vietnam, and onwards into the recent action over Afghanistan. It contains some … Continue reading AIR WARRIORS VIDEO DOCUMENTARY
The US Air Force Fiscal Year 2018 defense budget request has been published, and it confirms what I wrote here and elsewhere in March. "We plan to keep the U-2 well into the future - there is no retirement date," said Maj Gen Jim Martin, the Air Force deputy assistant secretary for budget. "We need … Continue reading IT’S OFFICIAL – NO RETIREMENT!
The Accident Investigation Board report into the crash of TU-2S 80-1068 on 20 September last year is available online, from the Scribd website. It shows, once again, why U-2 pilots must be more careful when flying this jet, than any other in the US military inventory. In this case, misfortune turned to tragedy when the … Continue reading U-2 TRAINER CRASH REPORT
As I noted in DRAGON LADY TODAY, the already-super performance of the radar imaging system on the U-2 could be significantly enhanced by upgrading it with an Active Electronically-Scanned Antenna (AESA). In fact, a test program to do just that is underway. But it has been slowed by budgetary restrictions. And because the U-2 is … Continue reading U-2 RADAR IMAGING COULD BE EVEN BETTER
I wrote an Op-Ed piece for the BREAKING DEFENSE website a couple of weeks ago. It attracted lots of comments. The debate continues... http://breakingdefense.com/2017/03/u-2-expert-says-global-hawk-just-cant-compare/