The old standard is the Piper Cub. It is prime example of a STOL type aircraft for sure and I have flown quite a few times in one and they are a lot of fun, for sure. They are used by the military for recon and to give coordinates to fighters or artillery. In case you are wondering what STOL means I will tell you. It means Short Take Off and Landing.
One of the very high flying planes that were used for gathering information and pictures of places that do not allow unauthorized over flights is the U2. Their ability to fly at such high altitudes keep them safe from fighter planes and conventional artillery.
The only problem was that some missiles were capable of reaching to the altitude that the U2 operates and Russia was able to shoot one down that was piloted by Gary Powers. He was able to eject and floated down to the waiting arms of the Russian military where they made him their guest for awhile. I remember that well. I will have to look that up and see when that happened.
Now, the best, fastest, and highest flying spy plane of all is the SR-71 Blackbird.
It flies so fast (in excess of 3000 mph) that its titanium skin gets re-heat treated every time it flies. They even made unmanned drones out of one of those engines. The drone was nothing more than a motor with two short wings and a camera.
I wrote a similar blog in the past. In case you missed it, here is a link to it:
OK, maybe I can get up off my chair and do some wonderful things that I can write about on tomorrow's blog. . . and maybe not. Heck, it is comfy sitting and rocking in this chair. Now, you all have a great day, you hear?