patowalker wrote:That's the point. Why publicise U2 flights from a British Overseas Territory?
U2 operations from Akrotiri over Sinai ('OLIVE HARVEST') have been a publicly acknowledged operation since (or very soon after) they formed part of the ceasefire and then peace accords between Israel and Egypt after the 1973 ('Yom Kippur') War. Images are shared fully and equally with both sides. [I was marginally involved in the early assessment of the technical feasability of that operation.]
Whether, of course, U2s operating from Akrotiri have engaged in any other operations has, as far as I know, never been publicly acknowledged by UK or US authorities since; but operations over, eg, Kosovo have been alleged. Happy to be corrected.
UK Task Force commanders were well aware of the Argentine C130 night flights to Port Stanley, not being fooled by the daytime 'dummy' earth on the bomb craters in the runway. It was on a returning one of these that downed S/Ldr Glover was brought to the Argentinian mainland, where his presence was publicised; the only UK PoW of that conflict. There was some successful interdiction which became effective deterrence
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