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Dragon Lady backlit on orange

4 October 2016
U-2 pilots prepare to land a TU-2S at sunset Jan. 22, 2014, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. TU-2S are trainer aircraft used to gain proficiency before pilots deploy for operational missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings)

Dragon Lady pilots landing their TU-2S—U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings

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  1. 4 October 2016 10:50

    When I got my instrument rating, Deke Hall was my ground school instructor. He had a number of tales to tell, but made it clear there were many questions he would not, or could not, respond to. He is buried in his home town of Caitlin, Illinois. Here is his Find-a-Grave page.

    Among other things, he conducted flight operations with a U-2 on the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      5 October 2016 15:53

      Thanks Chuck. Piloting at its best. I recall reading about basing U-2s from carriers but didn’t think of a YouTube link–thanks again.

      • 6 October 2016 02:09

        Deke had a flameout off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. He called ATC to tell them he was without power. They gave him a vector to the nearest airport. He declined, advising ATC that he would return to his home field…at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma. He glided all the way from the Atlantic coast to Tinker. He would not tell me his altitude when he had the emergency, leaving that to my imagination.

        I asked him about Cuban overflights. He never responded, suddenly finding the ceiling tiles very interesting. There was just the hint of a smile. But he would say nothing.

      • travelforaircraft permalink*
        6 October 2016 15:26

        What a glide! He must have seen great views of Cuba and who knows where else.

  2. 4 October 2016 14:56

    Spam filter may have grabbed my comment.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      5 October 2016 15:53

      I think it came through of it was about Deke Hall.

  3. shortfinals permalink
    4 October 2016 20:11

    Fine photograph!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      5 October 2016 06:28

      Indeed. Seeing the helmets so clearly really makes ut for me.

      • 7 October 2016 08:55

        I love backlit photos. I remember when the first Gulf War started. There were some great still photos as well as video. The planes taxiing out on the darkened ramp, backlit by floodlights.

      • travelforaircraft permalink*
        7 October 2016 11:58

        Timing can be everything!

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