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When a Saab 37 Viggen PILOT were able to achieve RADAR LOCK on SR-71 Blackbird

When a Saab 37 Viggen PILOT were able to achieve RADAR LOCK on SR-71 Blackbird

In the Cold War era, Swedish JA-37 Jas Viggen fighter pilots were scrambled on 400-500 live Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) missions per year to intercept any unidentified aircraft approaching Swedish airspace. QRA targets came from both Warsaw and NATO nations Rolf Jonsson, a retired Swedish Air Force (Svenska Flygvapnet) fighter controller …

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U.S. U-2 spy plane shot down by the Soviet Air Defence 59 years ago still remains a mystery

On 1 May 1960, a United States U-2 spy plane was shot down by the Soviet Air Defence Forces while performing photographic aerial reconnaissance deep into Soviet territory. The single-seat aircraft, flown by pilot Francis Gary Powers, was hit by an S-75 Dvina (SA-2 Guideline) surface-to-air missile and crashed near …

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