July 26, 2001 |
Iraq fired a surface-to-air missile at an American U-2 spy plane over southern Iraq, U.S. officials said. The U.S. plane was not hit. The crew of the U.S. aircraft was part of Operation Southern Watch patrolling a "no-fly" zone, Pentagon spokesman Lt. David Gai said. The attack came less than a week after the crew of a Navy surveillance aircraft flying in Kuwaiti airspace reported seeing the plume of a surface-to-air missile apparently fired from inside Iraq. That plane also was not hit.
November 12, 1997 |
U.S. officials seemed pleased to report this week that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein failed to make good on his threat to shoot at an American U-2 spy plane flying over his country. But they may have been a little disappointed too. Despite Hussein's threat--and the U.S. bluster--there is almost no chance that aging Iraqi weaponry could hit the highflying spy plane, experts say. And if Iraq had tried, the result could have been a diplomatic windfall for the United States.
April 11, 1992 |
Iraq has warned the United Nations to call off its U-2 flights over its territory, precipitating a new confrontation with the Security Council. The Iraqi warning, which implied it could no longer guarantee the security of the flights, prompted the Security Council to call emergency consultations Friday to draw up a statement rejecting Iraq's demand and perceived threats. The warning from Iraq came in a letter to the United Nations released Friday.
January 17, 1992 |
The body of the pilot of an American U-2 spy plane lost at sea near the border separating North and South Korea was recovered Thursday by a South Korean navy vessel, the Pentagon announced. The pilot was identified as Air Force Capt. James M. McGregor, 33, of Flagstaff, Ariz. He was the only crew member aboard. McGregor was assigned to Detachment 2 of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, based at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., said Pentagon spokesman Pete Williams.
January 16, 1992 |
An American U-2 spy plane, conducting what the Pentagon described as a "routine mission" over the Korean Peninsula, disappeared in the waters off South Korea, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The unarmed reconnaissance plane, which can be equipped to gather photographic intelligence or to eavesdrop on communications, dropped off radar screens and broke off radio contact with its home base of Osan Air Base in South Korea at 8:30 a.m. PST Wednesday.
April 30, 1990 |
The Soviet army newspaper Red Star disclosed for the first time Sunday that when the Soviets downed Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane 30 years ago, they also destroyed one of their own fighters that was pursuing the American plane. The U-2 was downed on May 1, 1960, disrupting a summit meeting 19 days later in Paris between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev and forcing the cancellation of another summit planned for later that year.