Recent changes Random page
Computers
Gaming
History 
Movies
Politics
Television
see all...
More...

Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady

From Canadian Power Wiki

Jump to: navigation, search

The Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady, is an American single-jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, high-altitude (70,000 feet; 21,336 meters), all-weather intelligence gathering. The U-2 has also been used for electronic sensor research, satellite calibration, and communications purposes.

Early versions of the U-2 were involved in several events through the Cold War, being flown over the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, and Cuba. In 1960, Gary Powers was shot down in a CIA U-2A over the Soviet Union by a surface-to-air missile (SAM). Another U-2, piloted by Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., was lost in a similar fashion during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

The U-2 is one of a handful of aircraft types to have served the USAF for over 50 years. The newest models (TR-1, U-2R, U-2S) entered service in the 1980s. The current model, the U-2S, received its most recent technical upgrade in 2012. They have taken part in post–Cold War conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supported several multinational NATO operations.

Users[edit]

  • Republic of China
    • Republic of China Air Force
  • United Kingdom
    • Royal Air Force
  • United States
    • United States Air Force
Share this article: