Re: Intercepting a U-2 with help of the SEPR 841
On Tue, Aug 2, 2022 at 1:04 AM Gorka Martinez Mezo <glmm2001@...> wrote:
I think in the mid 1960s, the USA didn't necessarily trust Degaulle, so it might not have been that far-fetched that there was reconnaissance going on.
Apparently, from what I read in Michel's "The Eleven Days of Christmas", the F-4 Phantoms that were used for setting up chaff corridors during Linebacker II also struggled to fly at the B-52 altitudes. Especially while loaded with chaff ordnance:
"Just before the B-52s arrived, F-4s began laying a chaff corridor into Hanoi at 35,000, and Joe Richardson was in the first group.
'We were to lay the chaff at 35,000 feet, a mere 8,000 feet above the combat ceiling* of the F-4 carrying chaff dispensers, and at that altitude we were going to have to be in at least stage one or two afterburner...' " [p.91]
*Combat ceiling is the altitude where the aircraft's rate of climb is down to 500 feet / minute. It is generally the highest altitude at which the plane has useful combat maneuvering capability.
Service ceiling is 100 feet / minute.