Re: Intercepting a U-2 with help of the SEPR 841

Gorka Martinez Mezo

I find hard to believe that the US would violate French airspace at such a late date for any kind of recce work. What for? This looks like a high altitude transit by the U-2 cutting through France on her way to the target.

Of course, the French used high flying US aircraft for practice as did other Allied AFs. For example, Spanish AF Mirage IIIs loved B-52s wich could be intercepted without rocket assistance if they were mildly cooperative, as at operational  heights the Mirage struggled to fly straight and the B-52s could outmaneuver and outclimb them easily…..

The SEPR was quite a hassle has it had to be mounted, fueled before taking off and the pilot fitted with the custom made pressure suit. This wasn’t your usual Alert 15 fare for the alert pad 24/24. 


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