A U-2 spy plane has crashed in Northern California in Sutter County, neighboring Beale Air Force Base where the plane launched. Both pilots have ejected, but details beyond that are scarce. (Update: it has been reported that one pilot has died. More information below.)
Lockheed’s initiative to create an optionally-manned alternative to the U-2 Dragon Lady and RQ-4 Global Hawk has taken a “tactical” turn. Skunk Works has morphed its philosophy into what appears to be an unmanned stealthy aircraft dubbed the Tactical Reconnaissance-X.
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…
This video, released by the Central Intelligence Agency for historical purposes, shows us not only the U-2 spy plane’s development, but also glimpses of “Watertown Strip,” which sprung up from the desolate Groom Lake to become America’s most secretive flight test center, Area 51.
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…
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…
Sources are saying it was a Cold War era U2 spy plane that shut down the ATC Center in Palmdale, California on Wednesday afternoon.
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From Foxtrot Alpha: The venerable U-2 'Dragon Lady' is a spy plane born from Cold War necessity that soldiered on operationally for decades past anyone's wildest dreams. She went from sleek design to a bulging beast of burden whose silhouette can change as fast as her mission requires it to. Here's a guide to her many…
The venerable U-2 'Dragon Lady' is a spy plane born from Cold War necessity that soldiered on operationally for decades past anyone's wildest dreams. She went from sleek design to a bulging beast of burden whose silhouette can change as fast as her mission requires it to. Here's a guide to her many configurations.
Got your eye on a sweet used '59 U-2 spy plane you saw on Craigslist? Would you go ahead and take the plunge if you just, you know, knew how to fly it? Then boy, are you in luck.
The Lockheed U-2 was designed to keep tabs on the Soviet Union over half a century ago. The RQ-4 Global Hawk drone was designed to replace this 50s antique. But how strange you are, fate! The U-2's replacing its successor.
Last year we showed you the chase cars used by the U.S. Air Force to land U-2 spy planes. Now NASA's showing off its new version: a 2010 Dodge Charger that hits 120 mph while landing the U-2's civilian cousin.
Fifty years ago, the United States Air Force discovered its top-secret Lockheed U-2 spy plane was nightmarishly tricky to fly. To keep aircraft from crashing, they began using high-speed chase/guide cars during take-offs and landings. Government-issue Camaro Z/28, anyone?