Awesome time-lapse shows the complete disassembly of a U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane

Here is exclusive footage showing how their technicians disassemble an entire U-2 spy plane for inspection. It’s a remarkable feat because every part of the plane gets inspected and repaired or replaced if necessary. That is, more than 40,000 rivets and 1,800 individual parts gets looked at and then gets reassembled…

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The flight of a U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane from beginning to end 

Getting inside the cockpit and seeing the flight of a U-2 spy plane is so damn cool. Not only because it’s such a gorgeous looking plane—it’s basically a glider with an engine attached that can take it to the stratosphere—but because it’s also such a delicate one too. We get to see it take off and do the tenuous dance…

Lockheed Goes For Global Hawk's Feathers With Stealthy Optionally-Manned U-2

Lockheed’s vaunted Skunk Works is setting its sights on developing a successor to its venerable U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane and Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) drone. This new aircraft will seemingly take the best of the unmanned and manned features of both aircraft, and fuse…

Truly I Say To You Today That Bono Is An Asswipe

At the intersection of all the annoying things a rock star can be—messianic, pretentious, vapid, dumb, old, creatively bankrupt, grandiose, utterly bereft of self-awareness, calcified into a grotesque oily wire-rack-in-the-grocery-store knockoff of himself, part of U2, et cetera—there sits Bono in his stupid housefly…

This Is How You Hand-Launch A U-2 Spy Plane After It Loses A Wheel

The U-2 was not designed for life on the ground. It relies on fall-away "pogo" wheels that work as outriggers for its long wings during taxi and takeoff. Apparently, these wheels fall off prematurely from time to time. Easy fix! Just get out on the runway and hold the wing while the U-2 goes to full power, than try…

This Badass Is The First African American Female U-2 Dragon Lady Pilot

It is one of the hardest aircraft to fly, soaring at altitudes where a change of just a few knots could mean an over-speed or a stall, and landing it is an art form all in itself. The 60 year old U-2 Dragon Lady program has been a male dominated one, with just eight women being qualified to fly it, but never an…

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