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Codename Aircraft Supported Command/
Operation
Overflight Areas Dates
Agave Axe RQ-4A Global Hawk NORTHCOM / SOUTHCOM? Mexico? 2010? - ?
Beach Axe RQ-4A Global Hawk NORTHCOM / SOUTHCOM Caribbean? 2009? - ?
Beach Pavon C-130 Senior Scout SOUTHCOM Caribbean? 2009? - ?
Beach Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint NORTHCOM / SOUTHCOM Caribbean? 2009? - ?
Bitter Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint SOUTHCOM Cuba 2000s
Black Watch RB-26K / L PACOM / Mill Pond Laos May - July 1962
Blue Springs DC-130 / AQM-34 Firebee PACOM Southeast Asia 1964 - 196?
Blue Tree RF-8 / RF-101 PACOM North Vietnam Mar 1965 - 197?
Brave Bull RC-97 PACOM Democratic Republic of Congo 1962? - 1963?
Brave Emerald U-2 Dragon Lady CENTCOM / OEF 200? - 2008?
Brave Firefly MQ-1 Predator AFRICOM? / OEF 2010 - ?
Brave Game U-2 Dragon Lady AFRICOM 2009? - ?
Brave Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint AFRICOM 2009? - ?
Buccaneer Titan Various STRATCOM 2009? - ?
Buffalo Hunter DC-130 / AQM-34 Firebee PACOM Southeast Asia 1970 - 1972
Bumble Bug DC-130 / AQM-34 Firebee PACOM Southeast Asia 196?s
Bumpy Action DC-130 / AQM-34 Firebee PACOM Southeast Asia 196? - 1969
Burban Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint EUCOM Eastern Mediterranean 2010? - ?
Burning Candy RC-135D Rivet Brass / M Rivet Card SAC Soviet Union / China Jun 1967 - 1970s
Burning Light NC-135A SAC French Polynesia Dec 1966 - 1970s
Burning Pipe RC-135C Big Team SAC   1970s
Burning Star RC-135S Cobra Ball SAC Jan 1966 - 1970s
Burning Wind RC-135V Rivet Joint SAC 1970s
Cadi Game U-2 Dragon Lady EUCOM / CENTCOM 2009? - ?
Celtic Axe RQ-4A Global Hawk CENTCOM / OEF 2000s - ?
Celtic Duty C-130 Senior Scout CENTCOM / OEF 2000s - 2010?
Celtic Emerald U-2 Dragon Lady CENTCOM / OEF 2000s - ?
Celtic Game U-2 Dragon Lady CENTCOM / OEF 2000s - ?
Celtic Pavon C-130 Senior Scout CENTCOM / OEF 2010? - ?
Celtic Shadow C-130 Shadow Harvest CENTCOM / OEF 2010? - 2011?
Celtic Sickle MQ-9 Reaper CENTCOM / OEF 2010 - ?
Celtic Straw MQ-1 Predator and/or MQ-9 Reaper CENTCOM / OEF 2000s - ?
Celtic Warrior U-2 Dragon Lady CENTCOM / OEF 2000s - ?
Celtic Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint CENTCOM / OEF 2000s - ?
Cheyenne Sent RC-135U Combat Sent PACOM Sea of Japan 2010? - ?
Cheyenne Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint PACOM Sea of Japan 2010? - ?
Combat Apple RC-135D Rivet Brass / M Rivet Card PACOM North Vietnam 1960s - 1970s
Combat Dawn DC-130 / AQM-34 Firebee SAC Soviet Union / China / North Korea 1970s
Combat Cougar EC-47 PACOM Southeast Asia Apr 1968 - Jun 1970
Combat Cross EC-47 PACOM Southeast Asia Jun 1970 - ?
Commando Forge EC-47 PACOM Laos Apr 1969 -
Compass Dart EC-47 PACOM Southeast Asia May 1967 - Apr 1968
Creek Phoenix WC-135W Constant Phoenix EUCOM 2000s
Creek Sand King Air / PC-12 AFRICOM / OEF-TS West Africa 2000s - 2010s
Creek Sent RC-135U Combat Sent EUCOM 2000s
Creek Star RC-135S Cobra Ball EUCOM 2000s
Creek Torch U-2 Dragon Lady EUCOM Bosnia 1996 - 2004
Creek Warrior U-2 Dragon Lady EUCOM E. Mediterranean / N. Iraq 2000s
Creek Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint EUCOM / OEF E. Mediterranean / Trans Sahara / N. Iraq 2000s
Diamond Sent RC-135U Combat Sent PACOM East China Sea 2010? - ?
Diamond Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint PACOM East China Sea 2010? - ?
Distant Phoenix WC-135W Constant Phoenix PACOM 2000s
Distant Sent RC-135U Combat Sent PACOM 2000s
Drill Press JC-47 PACOM Southeast Asia Jan 1966 - ?
Ebony U-2 Dragon Lady CIA North Vietnam 1961
Equis Emerald U-2 Dragon Lady NORTHCOM Mexico 2009? - ?
Field Goal RT-33 / RF-101 US Country Team in Laos Laos / Thailand Apr 1961 - Nov 1962
Fish Hawk U-2 Dragon Lady CIA French Polynesia 1964
Flip Top U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Cuba 1961
Flowing Pen C-130 Senior Scout SOUTHCOM Latin America Jun 1989 - 1991
Furbish Breeze C-130 Pacer Coin? SOUTHCOM Latin America 1980s - 1990s
Furtive Bear C-130 Senior Scout SOUTHCOM Latin America 1980s - 1990s
Giant Dragon U-2 Dragon Lady PACOM Far East 1950s - 1960s
Giant Elk SR-71 Blackbird SAC Worldwide ?
Giant Leap SR-71 Blackbird SAC 1980s
Giant Nail U-2 Dragon Lady PACOM Southeast Asia 1960s - 1970s
Giant Reach SR-71 Blackbird SAC 1970s
Giant Scale SR-71 Blackbird PACOM Southeast Asia 1960s - 1970s
Ginger Game U-2 Dragon Lady PACOM North Korea 2009? - ?
Ginger Sent RC-135U Combat Sent PACOM North Korea 2010? - ?
Ginger Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint PACOM North Korea 2009? - ?
Glass Titan Various STRATCOM 2009? - ?
Grand Slam U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Soviet Union 1960
Green Eyes U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Cuba 1960
Green Python RF-101 PACOM Laos / North Vietnam Apr 1965 - ?
Hawk Eye RC-47 PACOM Southeast Asia 1964 - 1965
Highland Axe RQ-4A Global Hawk CENTCOM / OIF / OND Iraq 200? - 2011?
Highland Badger MC-12W Liberty CENTCOM / OIF / OND Iraq 2008 - 2011?
Highland Emerald U-2 Dragon Lady CENTCOM / OIF / OND Iraq 200? - 2011?
Highland Firefly MQ-1 Predator and/or MQ-9 Reaper CENTCOM / OIF / OND Iraq 2010 - 2011?
Highland Game U-2 Dragon Lady CENTCOM / OIF / OND Iraq 2009? - ?
Highland Straw MQ-1 Predator and/or MQ-9 Reaper CENTCOM / OIF / OND Iraq 200? - 2011?
Highland View C-130 Scathe View CENTCOM / OIF Iraq 200? - 2008?
Highland Warrior U-2 Dragon Lady CENTCOM / OIF / OND Iraq 200? - 2011?
Highland Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint CENTCOM / OIF / OND Iraq 200? - 2011?
High Wire U-2 Dragon Lady CIA / MI6 Soviet Union 1959
Hot Stop U-2 Dragon Lady / RB-57D CIA / SAC Soviet Union 1959
Hummer Game U-2 Dragon Lady EUCOM 2009? - ?
Hummer Sent RC-135U Combat Sent EUCOM 2010? - ?
Impala Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint EUCOM Western Mediterranean 2010? - ?
Irish Axe RQ-4A Global Hawk CENTCOM / OIF / OND Iraq 2009? - 2011?
Irish Warrior U-2 Dragon Lady CENTCOM / OIF / OND Iraq 200? - 2011?
Irish Star RC-135S Cobra Ball CENTCOM 2000s
Jade King Southeast Asia 1960s
Kick Off U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Cuba 1960
Knife Edge U-2 Dragon Lady CIA / MI6 Soviet Union 1960
Lake Emerald U-2 Dragon Lady SOUTHCOM / OUR Haiti / Dominican Republic 2010
Lake Game U-2 Dragon Lady SOUTHCOM / OUR Haiti / Dominican Republic 2010
Leopard Emerald U-2 Dragon Lady SOUTHCOM Jamaica 2010 - ?
Lion Pavon C-130 Senior Scout CENTCOM / OEF? 2010? - ?
Long Green U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Cuba 1961
Lucky Dragon U-2 Dragon Lady PACOM Laos 1960s
Mad King / Greek God RB-57F PACOM North Vietnam Aug - Oct 1965
Mild Wind RB-57F PACOM North Vietnam Dec 1965 - Feb 1966
Mill Town U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Tibet 1959
Misty Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint PACOM Philippines 2009? - ?
Monje Axe RQ-4A Global Hawk NORTHCOM / SOUTHCOM? 2010? - ?
Monje Emerald U-2 Dragon Lady NORTHCOM / SOUTHCOM? 2010? - ?
Mountain Sent RC-135U Combat Sent PACOM 2000s
Nimbus U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Cuba 1961-62
Nova Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint EUCOM Eastern Mediterranean 2010? - ?
Olive Farm U-2 Dragon Lady CENTCOM Middle East? 1970s?
Olive Harvest U-2 Dragon Lady CIA / CENTCOM Sinai / Golan 1974 - 2000s
Olympic Fire U-2 Dragon Lady SOUTHCOM Cuba 1970s
Olympic Flare U-2 Dragon Lady CENTCOM / ODS Kuwait / Iraq 1990 - 1991
Olympic Game U-2 Dragon Lady PACOM North Korea 1990s
Olympic Meet U-2 Dragon Lady PACOM Vietnam 1970s
Olympic Race U-2 Dragon Lady SAC Soviet Union / China 1970s
Olympic Titan1 Various STRATCOM Israel / Iran / India? 2000s
Olympic Torch U-2 Dragon Lady PACOM Vietnam 1970s
Opal Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint PACOM Broad ocean area southeast of Okinawa 2010? - ?
Quick Kick U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Tibet 1959
Pacer Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint EUCOM Barents Sea 2010? - ?
Phyllis Ann RC-47 PACOM Southeast Asia Sep 1966 - Mar 1967
Pinto Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint EUCOM Baltic Sea 2010? - ?
Polecat U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Laos / North Vietnam 1961
Python Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint AFRICOM 2010? - ?
Red Haze RB-57E / RF-4C / OV-1C PACOM Southeast Asia 1960s
Rhino Duty C-130 Senior Scout AFRICOM 2009? - ?
Rhino Pavon C-130 Senior Scout AFRICOM 2009? - ?
Robin Hood U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Indonesia 1958
Running Bear RC-97 STRICOM Democratic Republic of Congo 1964
Sable Game U-2 Dragon Lady PACOM North Korea 2000s
Sable Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint PACOM North Korea 2010? - ?
Sapphire Sent RC-135U Combat Sent PACOM South China Sea 2010? - ?
Sapphire Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint PACOM South China Sea 2010? - ?
Sea Axe RQ-4A Global Hawk NORTHCOM / SOUTHCOM 2009? - ?
Seafoam U-2 Dragon Lady CIA British Guiana / Venezuela Border 1963
Seminole Axe RQ-4A Global Hawk NORTHCOM / SOUTHCOM Colombia? 2009? - ?
Seminole Emerald U-2 Dragon Lady SOUTHCOM Colombia 2010? - ?
Seminole Game U-2 Dragon Lady SOUTHCOM Colombia 2010? - ?
Seminole Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint NORTHCOM / SOUTHCOM Colombia? 2009? - ?
Scope Shield U-2 Dragon Lady CIA North Vietnam 1973-74
Shula Pavon C-130 Senior Scout SOUTHCOM Latin America 2000s
Shula Pen C-130 Senior Scout SOUTHCOM Latin America 1990s
Shula Wind RC-135V/W Rivet Joint SOUTHCOM Latin America 2000s
Silver Dawn EC-130B PACOM Gulf of Tonkin / North Vietnam 1960s
Soft Touch U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Soviet Union / China 1957
South Gate U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Southeast Asia / Tibet 1959
Square Deal U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Soviet Union 1960
Topper U-2 Dragon Lady CIA China / Tibet 1960
Touchdown U-2 Dragon Lady CIA Soviet Union 1959
Trojan Horse U-2 Dragon Lady PACOM North Vietnam 1960s
Tusker Sand King Air / PC-12 AFRICOM / OEF-TS East Africa 2000s - 2010s
Tusker Wing AFRICOM / OEF-TS East Africa Proposed, Cancelled
Washing Window PACOM North Vietnam Mar 1965 - 196?
Yankee Team RF-8 / RF-101 / RB-57E / RB-66B/C Joint Chiefs of Staff Laos May 1964

    1 - Sources suggest that this operation was conducted at least in part by RC-135S Cobra Ball aircraft, although the Olympic first word is traditionally associated with the U-2 aircraft. Sources also suggest that Olympic Titan activity in support of EUCOM was terminated in 2007 due to or in light of undefined Israeli "missile activity." Sources also suggest that Olympic Titan involved the use of naval intelligence gathering platforms as well. Olympic Titan may have also been only an exercise at one time or that the codename was otherwise reused for an exercise, possibly run by the Department of Homeland Security.



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