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Gallery - Military Aircraft: Reconnaissance

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Boeing RC-135 Stratoliner:

A Boeing RC-135 Stratoliner from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing approaches a  KC-135 tanker during Desert Shield (USAF) An RC-135 Rivet Joint from the US Air Force's 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron from Offut AFB, Nebraska, over Kyrgyzstan on 14 March 2006. (USAF/MSgt Lance Cheung)

Cessna O-2:

A Cessna O-2A observation aircraft flying over the Empire Range near Howard Air Force Base, Panama, on 8 September 1983. It is assigned to the 24th Composite Squadron of the US Air Force. (DoD)

Lockheed A-12:

The Lockheed A-12,  pictured here, was the single-seat precursor to the more famous YF-12 and SR-71 derivitives (USAF)

Lockheed EP-3 Aries/EP-3E Aries II:

A Lockheed EP-3E Aries II electronic intelligence aircraft from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2 (VQ-2) near Gibraltar on 20 June 1991. (USN/PH3 Franklin P Call)

Lockheed SR-71 'Blackbird' :

An amazing photo of an amazing aircraft: a two-seat Lockheed SR-71B 'Blackbird' pulls away from a tanker after taking on fuel. (NASA) A NASA Lockheed SR-71A 'Blackbird' A thirsty NASA Lockheed SR-71A 'Blackbird' approaching  a tanker. (NASA)

A Lockheed SR-71A from Beale Air Force Base, California, as seen on 1 June 1988. (Technical Sergeant Michael Haggerty/DoD) A 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing SR-71 Blackbird flying over clouds, on a mission out of Beale Air Force Base, California, United States. (DoD/Technical Sergeant Michael Haggerty) A Lockheed SR-71 'Blackbird' after taking on fuel from a tanker. (Lockheed Martin)

An SR-71 of the US Air Force's 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing as seen in September 1984. (SSgt Michael Haggerty/USAF) A Lockheed SR-71 operating out of Beale Air Force Base in June 1988. (Tech Sgt Michael Haggerty/USAF) An SR-71 Blackbird just after being refulled in flight. (USAF)

Lockheed U-2:

A Lockheed U-2C in 1975 showing a new grey paint scheme. The 'Sabre' scheme replaced the usual black to avoid spyplane stigma when operating out of the United Kingdom. (USAF) A Lockheed U-2 'Dragon Lady' operating out of Beale Air Force Base, California, flies a training mission over northern California. (DoD)

Martin RB-57D Canberra:

The high altitude Martin RB-57D with the smaller-winged B-57B in the background (USAF)

Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar (JSTARS):

A Northroop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar aircraft from the US Air Force's 128th Expeditionary Air Command and Control Squadron over Iraq on 21 April 2004. (USAF/SSgt Aaron D Allmon II) A Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS over Edwards Air Force Base.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash:

Two Republic RF-84F Thunderflashes near Edwards Air Force Base in 1952.  (National Air and Space  Museum)

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