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Huggy will be pissed that I told you, but he retired last Friday. The Air Force and the brotherhood will miss him dearly. Good luck my friend, and thanks for your 58 years of service. HAIL DR

Recently declassified photo we have in the squadron.  2020-09-09 14-57.pdf

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In U-2 News:  former U-2 pilot and 1 RS/CC, Mike "Sooch" Masucci, became an astronaut yesterday.  

For those that know Sooch, I'm sure we'd all agree that VG picked the perfect guy for this role, and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.  NASA should have picked him for the Shuttle when they had the chance.  

http://www.ladbible.com/news/news-amazing-footage-shows-virgin-galactic-pilots-soar-into-space-20190223

He becomes the 2nd U-2 pilot in to space... and the 1st to go to space after earning the U-2 Solo Patch.  

 

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A combination of U2 and other imagery sources has been critical in reconstructing the canal systems in the imperial core of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (ca. 911–612 BC) in northern Iraq (Ur and Reade 2015). The city of Nimrud, located along the Tigris River, served as the empire's capital for generations, and was one of the largest cities on earth for its time. The incised, shifting nature of the Tigris and the height of the town on the terrace above the floodplain meant that Tigris water had limited irrigation use in the absence of water-lifting technology; canals were necessary to supply the city with water for consumption and for irrigation of royal parks and gardens. In this semiarid region, irrigation systems fed orchards and fields in Nimrud's sustaining area. Like desert kites, an aerial perspective has been central to the study of the Neo-Assyrian Empire's irrigation systems because the remains of their large canals are frequently invisible on the ground, and many of them remain difficult or impossible to access due to the ongoing geopolitical situation in the Republic of Iraq.”

 

They got boss-level imagery analysts over there.

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1 hour ago, Spoo said:

FYSA, still hiring.

How do y'all feel about a slightly overweight guy in his 50's, with a receding grey hairline, and bad breath?  

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1 hour ago, Danger41 said:

Anyone confirm?

I am under the impression that at least one U-2 pilot will graduate in December. If true I’m sure you will see a lot of retired and old U-2 Drivers in Vegas for the event. 

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He is a personal friend of mine.
Please leave the bad jokes as the sole property of the author of the article. 

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It took a long time and a lot of effort by some great people to start a U-2 WIC... but it finally happened.  And the initial cadre was Patched Thursday, and graduated tonight.  

A very HUGE congrats to Jester, Posit and Gump.  Leading the way for the Brotherhood, they are great reps for the U-2 weapons system.  

I was able to attend Thursday's festivities, and the O'Club was mobbed with U-2 folks... Intel, Mission Planners, 9RW Chief, and all of the Drivers.  It really was an epic evening.  Thanks to all involved for allowing the Old Guys to show up and be a part of it.  

Hail Dragons.  

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18 hours ago, HuggyU2 said:

It took a long time and a lot of effort by some great people to start a U-2 WIC... but it finally happened.  And the initial cadre was Patched Thursday, and graduated tonight.  

A very HUGE congrats to Jester, Posit and Gump.  Leading the way for the Brotherhood, they are great reps for the U-2 weapons system.  

I was able to attend Thursday's festivities, and the O'Club was mobbed with U-2 folks... Intel, Mission Planners, 9RW Chief, and all of the Drivers.  It really was an epic evening.  Thanks to all involved for allowing the Old Guys to show up and be a part of it.  

Hail Dragons.  

absolutely and long overdue 

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1 hour ago, YoungnDumb said:

Forgive the ignorance, what does WIC for the U-2 look like?  It is ground heavy with lots of intel briefings/study or does it involve a lot of flying?

WIC for every community is academic and briefing heavy, obviously plenty of flights but the flying is only there to validate the complex mission planning.  The desired end state for any WIC is being able to integrate not just across MWSs but domains, a requirement critical for the next fight.  

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8 hours ago, LoveDumpster said:

it'd seem like it'd be a great fit.

Not sure about U-2s, would seem to be a tight timeline, I’m just here to say that if it made sense to do it then it wouldn’t make sense that the AF would do it.

For example, why such a short TIS requirement for TPS? If it’s about payback can they not get their jollies by simply setting the ADSC to match their payback requirement? More likely than not it’s about making Colonels and Generals. Because we should limit our pool of talent based on that... just another example of made up stuff and bureaucracy driving what we do day in and day out when we should only care about what makes us a more lethal force, as they say, and wins wars. Doesn’t matter to me how old my TPS pilots are, and yeah, a U-2 pilot would probably be a great fit.

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Yes, quite a few U-2 pilots have gone to TPS since at least the 1980's.  

In more recent years, one goal has been to get a TPS graduate that could eventually move up to run U-2 Flight Test at Palmdale.

At least three U-2 pilots that are TPS grads are currently flying for NASA. Another (Mike Masucci) was one of the three people to fly in to space in Feb on the Virgin Galactic rocket.   https://spacenews.com/virgin-galactic-expects-rapid-conclusion-of-spaceshiptwo-test-flights-after-downtime/   Mike also taught for 3 years at TPS and was heavily involved in designing the U-2 glass cockpit.  He retired from the AF as the squadron commander of the U-2 FTU.  

For those the remember Mark Graziano, he was a TPS student when he was killed in a T-38 mishap at Edwards.  Can't believe that's been 10 years.  

I don't believe we have had anyone there for about 2-3 years.  

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For example, why such a short TIS requirement for TPS? If it’s about payback can they not get their jollies by simply setting the ADSC to match their payback requirement? More likely than not it’s about making Colonels and Generals. Because we should limit our pool of talent based on that... just another example of made up stuff and bureaucracy

After getting turned down at the AFMC screening for having too much TIS as a captain (not prior E), I wondered that myself.
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