The “Invisible” U-2 Immediately Became a Political Nightmare

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My companion blog post to this video is up on Medium:

I’m Canadian and I grew up bilingual English/French. This is how I pronounce “reconnaissance.” Deal with it!

Part 1 in this Cold War aerial espionage series is right here:
And the blog for Part 1:

  1. William Hanna

    A fascinating history.

  2. Henry 12 Solstice 21

    How about those Foos over DC?

  3. Bluswede

    No spiderwebs today, just a nice floral prin…um…oh, you are a tricky young lady!!
    Love your deeply-researched and deftly-delivered videos!

  4. Henry 12 Solstice 21

    POW signals ignored… thanks sat bird…

  5. 0 0

    More pictures or videos and less a video of ones self. Graphs and maps or interviews, what not.

  6. John Demeritt

    Amy, I thoroughly enjoyed this second in the series, but “Lakenheath Air Force Base”? Really, Amy?

    “Air Force Base” (AFB) is a term that applies to US Air Force (USAF) installations in the United States (including Guam and Puerto Rico). Installations outside the US where the USAF permanently stations and operates aircraft are “Air Bases” (AB). Consequently, the USAF base in Guam is known as Anderson AFB, while the USAF’s 18th Wing is stationed at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan.

    Airbases in the United Kingdom, on the other hand, are referred to by their host country names: thus, the base at Lakenheath, UK, is known as RAF Lakenheath, not Lakenheath AFB. That designation (AFB) would that Lakenheath is on US soil.

    Otherwise, thanks again for your typically great content!

  7. Henry 12 Solstice 21

    Riley Martin was born in the 50s.

  8. skeelo69

    Thanks Amy ☺

  9. skunkjobb

    I was thinking about U-2 earlier today and so comes a new video about it. Not super coincidental since I probably think about it quite often.

  10. Paul Traynor

    Thanks Amy

  11. The Gender Rebels

    Is this gonna be book #3?

  12. CrazyCowPie

    Wonderful as always

  13. Henry 12 Solstice 21

    No such thing as conspiracies… all cover stories are fine … right to today.

  14. ewan

    45 minutes poggers

  15. Jim Lang

    I just don;t understand how you spell out every little detail, which should be boring, but somehow you make it compelling, interesting, and you usually tie those details into an overarching narrative that brings home a larger point. Bravo!

  16. Henry 12 Solstice 21

    I had my share of the Burnt out Burbank Airport…. now I am totally VEGAS. …. I bet yuri knight will be back.

  17. Coach Hannah

    That’s “Nev-A’-duh” (“A” pronounced as in ‘cat’).

  18. Roger C

    Radar operators knew 📡 ✈

  19. David Black

    awesome. your best work. more please :-)

  20. Richard Mourdock

    PhD dissertations defenses typically include less information and detail. Well done, Amy.

  21. Henry 12 Solstice 21

    Another nice dress I wouldn’t let you wear on any final test.

  22. dahemac

    Great videos. You are extremely good at this.

  23. stampede122

    The SR-71, via Archangel, is being developed in 57-59

  24. Tom Gillespie

    Very interesting thanks for the great video Happy Holidays

  25. Roland Lawrence

    And ironically Curtis le may was worried about not starting a war! I was having a fun chat with ex soviet military guy. He said if you hold your thumb up arms length and the mushroom cloud is bigger than your thumb you are screwed. The over flights were seen as target acquisition for pre emotive nuclear strike.

  26. iklutah

    Great info for the workhorse U-2!

  27. James Turner

    X-15 has a wild crazy story. Maybe you could cover it? Come on Canada. 🤷

  28. Armydude

    Hey Amy, I’m a Cold War veteran, things they didn’t tell us 👍 🇺🇸🇨🇦

  29. Walt B.

    Amy, can you please enable Closed Captioning for your videos? Thank you.

  30. Phil Dee

    Was the “Narrow-Gauge Airline” maybe a C-54 rather than aC-57?

  31. steven brown

    Great video! Very informative. Thank you for posting.

  32. James Williams

    Great video. Very informative, thank you!!

  33. thefatmoop

    My goodness these ads

  34. Rob Dedrick

    Hey Amy That Spiderweb Dress is Amazing . Glad you are Safe & Thanks again for the Knowledge you Share . I’m never to Old to Learn . Lol

  35. Henry 12 Solstice 21

    Great data on the moon. A great home soon…

  36. Chris J

    13:00 the coffin corner comment is a little more complex than implied. Coffin corner describes a high altitude performance phenomena where increasing altitude and decreasing airspeed of supersonic shockwave formation(high speed buffet) reduce the operating range of airspeeds that can be safely flown. The higher you fly the narrower your buffet margin between high speed an low speed buffet (stall). As you mentioned 6 kts is very narrow margin (and that would be scary) but would only be experienced at the point in the flight envelope when operating at the highest weight and highest altitudes. The buffet margin charts that describe these limitations show the weight/altitude/airspeed/temperature combinations and literally depict the flight envelope narrowing into a corner at the top. An airliner’s buffet margin (coffin corner) at a safe cruising altitude can be as low as 25 to 30 KIAS. Any aircrafts margin could be 6 kts or zero knots if flown in the extreme edges of the flight envelope. However unlike the USAF test pilots most of us dont do it daily on purpose. ;)

    Great video as always Amy! Cheers.

  37. Primus54

    Amy, your videos from the very beginning have been informative and well-produced, yet they seemingly keep getting better. You’re a real pro. Happy Thanksgiving! 👍

  38. Helium Road

    Drink every time an ad pops up. Check in at the end of the video to see who can still type straight!

  39. Eric Bell

    Great series!!! Very interesting topic. Love both your channels.

  40. Dave Leeds

    Love your videos Amy, your enthusiasm is infectious and your subject matter very well researched. Thank you!

  41. Ellesmere888

    Very well researched … Thank you Amy !

  42. James Fox

    Thank You !!!
    BE SAFE !!!
    hope you have a Great Thanksgiven .

  43. M Gleason

    Amy’s videos always brighten my day!

  44. beresford thompson

    Another awesome and informative video Amy. I always look forward to these examples of intelligent and meaningful works that keep us glued to the screen. Keep them coming lovely lady.

  45. Zappyguy111

    I appreciate the little jab at space shuttle fanboys at the beginning of every episode. ^.^

  46. Erik 567

    You make me stay attentive with your pace of info. Thanks.

  47. Henry 12 Solstice 21

    Fun to see the old soviet footage of skylab. Now I’d spy on that chinese back side probe.

  48. cjheaford

    The U2 took a lot of photos, but it still hasn’t found what it’s looking for.

  49. Andrei Chita

    Are you going to talk about the hydrogen plane that skunkworks never built

  50. Gabriel Urias

    Amy, video was awesome as usual and well detailed as a direct result of great research; your videos are great because they’re about subjects that you’re interested in… but this one was missing something 🤔 you gotta have more “reconnaissance”😎

  51. Nixon

    Love the deep dive format, excellent content, thank you 🙏

  52. C White

    Amy’s content is still excellent as usual!

  53. Rob Babcock

    Fascinating stuff, Amy! Thanks. I look forward to the next installment.👍

  54. zenmark42

    It’s kinda wild how much the CIA keeps lying to their bosses

  55. katie_incredible

    This feels topical to be sure…

  56. mjncad

    This is a fascinating series, and I rarely devote this much time to YouTube videos. Well done, Amy.

  57. Adrian Colley

    30:25 The U-2’s altitude may have kept it out of range of Soviet interceptors, but they couldn’t have thought that the U-2 was out of range of Soviet missiles.

  58. Stone

    Wonderful. Thank you. I’ve been admiring these planes for a long time but had no idea about any of this history and intrigue. (BTW, don’t you mean, “discourse”?)

  59. John Knapp

    Surprised to hear about U-2’s being at Atsugi. Been on that base many times and never heard about this.

  60. Tuning3434

    Q: do you have an ‘Editting-Amy’ persona, or is that only a Dr Becky Smethurst thing… Editting Becky can sometimes get so mad, an let’s not talk about Evil Becky who plans to drop the Moon on Earth…. I’ve already said to much.

  61. sleedog11

    The u2 does not get enough love! The sr71 took too much of the glory

  62. Null

    Really enjoying this series. Looking forward to the next one!

  63. Russell Hltn

    Ugh, all your photos in the background look like they’re not level. Probably a camera angle/lens issue, but it brings out my OCD. Great content.

  64. leeprigmore

    dont y’all just love amy!

  65. Michael Thompson

    Excellent! just made some coffee, gonna enjoy this!

  66. Astronomy Films

    Thanks, Amy!

  67. Richard

    Thank you, Amy. Another gripping historical account. Best wishes from Sydney.

  68. Corey S

    Love the history. Keep it coming.

  69. Ali Syed

    Hey there I have a question that I think would make for an excellent video:
    as I’m sure all the viewers of this channel know, Space exploration got a head start, decades in magnitude, thanks to The Cold War and the need for the superpowers to demonstrate their ICBM capabilities.
    Who do we have to thank for first marrying the two industries and what other examples are there of civilian programs being funded for strategic military purposes?

  70. richard greenfield

    where did you get that dress?
    I know someone that would absolutely love it

  71. Eliot Brown

    Love the extensive, multi-part discussion.

  72. mintzbuck

    Oh, I didn’t realize Edwin Land was involved with the U-2…pretty interesting the fact that he was also the inventor of instant photography and polarizing filters…Hence the Polaroid Land Camera.

  73. Adam C

    I’ve been subbed for a while, and I would like to compliment you on how good you have gotten at this. I know it’s more dry, but damn, you write well and present wonderfully.

    This feels like really solid evergreen content.

  74. tomnwoo

    Love the channel, i have no real interest in the subject but you keep me enthralled.

  75. Rosco P. Coletrain

    It’s amazing what Kelly Johnson and his team were able to accomplish with the limited technology they had available to them. I feel that if this project were to be undertaken in this era, it would take ten times longer and cost ten times more. Thank you for the great content.

  76. David Hedges

    Amy talking U-2 and SR-71 … OK it looks like the 2020 curse is fading …. good stuff is happening again

  77. xyzpdq1122

    Your dresses are a delight :)

  78. CitizenIosef

    These do touch-and-go training near me. Not unusual to hear them blasting slowly back into the sky.

  79. Christopher

    I like the animation of yourself for this intro. That looks cool. Is that something you made or someone else made for you?

  80. NeverMetTheGuy

    I’m back! Definitely worth watching the first video before this; it had a LOT of useful information.

  81. Adrian Colley

    I suspect that “KWGLITTER” was easily recognizable on Memex/Echelon, in case something leaked or was lost.

  82. Leonardo Pozzobon

    17:30 “anyone that asked too many questions was reported to security personnel”! That’s… Sorry, I love euphemisms. And your channel

  83. James Holland

    20:00 How comforting.

  84. 0 0

    Reconnaissance … word of the say.
    Did anyone count how many times recon got the spotlight? I also like the canadian pronunciation.

  85. Hans

    I just have to ask: where does the love for spiderweb dresses come from?

  86. Crazy Brit - Nasa Fan

    Thank you for this one Amy. Truly fascinating stuff.

  87. tarmaque

    Man, I could listen to her lecture all day.

  88. NeverMetTheGuy

    This is part two?! Guess I’m going to hop over there per your recommendation.

  89. Steven Dunn

    Love the new intro

  90. Nick Preece

    This long format video series is great! Love the depth of information.

  91. Highly Polished Turd

    Nicely done! Cold War stuff is catnip to me. I look forward to more.

  92. Tom Senior

    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. Great to have so much Quality Research Information all in one Place. Thank you so much. Cheers Amy.

  93. Mike Schultz

    General Emmett E. “Rosie” O’Donnell? Consulting the internet. Ha. Rosie was indeed his nickname. I just had trouble wrapping my mind around Rosie being a man’s nickname.

  94. Eric Kaufman

    “cold war aerial espionage” has never sounded so good. Keep up the great work.

  95. Adrian Colley

    “Sheep-dipping” (military pilots pretending to return to civilian life as cover) is somehow a hilarious term.

  96. Malcolm Lewis

    Actually a more accurate tittle would be “Aggressive American Overflights”. Some of the flights they did with bomber aircraft converted to recon were both secret and stupidly aggressive.

  97. FandersonUfo

    The history of early jet aircraft is right down your alley Amy. ty much

  98. Hicham Mohsen

    The timing of this is perfect! Waiting for part three to re-watch them all at once! Thank you Amy.

  99. Jim Cutler

    Get Amy’s books, they are terrific.

  100. Dani Smith

    Hi Amy. I’m 10 years old and I want to be an astronaut. You are my favorite youtube. Happy Thanksgiving!

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