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Dragon Lady retirement moves forward: USAF retires U-2 Tail 80-1085 as her pilot conducts their 1,085 solo flight
Military Aviation
Dragon Lady retirement moves forward: USAF retires U-2 Tail 80-1085 as her pilot conducts their 1,085 solo flight
The first silver U-2 to fly since 2014: A rare TU-2S returned to service after a nearly three-year repair odyssey
Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
The first silver U-2 to fly since 2014: A rare TU-2S returned to service after a nearly three-year repair odyssey
U-2 driver explains why Dragon Lady pilots must stall the U-2 in the air in order to land the iconic spy plane
Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
U-2 driver explains why Dragon Lady pilots must stall the U-2 in the air in order to land the iconic spy plane
Sponsored by: Osprey Publishing
The U-2 was developed and deployed in slightly over a year thanks to CIA spymaster Richard Bissell and Lockheed engineer Kelly Johnson (The USAF predicted a six-year development plan)
Cold War Era / Military Aviation
USAF predicted a six-year U-2 development plan but thanks to CIA spymaster Richard Bissell and Lockheed Aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson it was deployed in slightly over a year
Sponsored by: Helion & Company
U-2 Avionics Technician explains why Dragon Lady pilots breathe pure oxygen for as much as 14 hours straight
Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
U-2 Avionics Technician explains why Dragon Lady pilots breathe pure oxygen for as much as 14 hours straight
U-2 Vs Corona: why KH-4 satellite failed to provide photographic intelligence during Cuban Missile Crisis while U-2 provided useful Time-critical intelligence
Cold War Era / Military Aviation / Space
U-2 Vs Corona: why KH-4 satellite failed to provide photographic intelligence during Cuban Missile Crisis while U-2 provided useful Time-critical intelligence
Sponsored by: Helion & Company
Beale retires TU-2S #1065, the Dragon Lady that served for 40 years, completed 11,450 sorties and 24,042 flight hours
Aviation History / Military Aviation
Beale retires TU-2S #1065, the Dragon Lady that served for 40 years, completed 11,450 sorties and 24,042 flight hours
Project Blue Book and the story of how UFO sightings were used to cover high altitude U-2 flights
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
The story of when a Taiwanese U-2 pilot flamed out at 70,000 feet over the Rocky Mountains and glided to a rough night landing at a remote airport in Colorado
The day a French Mirage III unintentionally buzzed (and scared) a U-2 flying at 65,000ft during a mission aimed to monitor France’s nuclear facilities
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
That time a rocket-booster equipped Mirage III buzzed a U-2 flying at 65,000ft during a mission aimed to monitor France’s nuclear facilities
Sponsored by: Mortons Books
British Secret U-2 operations and the RAF pilots who flew the Dragon Lady on CIA’s behalf during the Cold War
Aviation History / Cold War Era / Military Aviation
British Secret U-2 operations and the RAF pilots who flew the Dragon Lady on CIA’s behalf during the Cold War
Sponsored by: Helion & Company
The story of the U-2 shot down that nearly escalated the Cuban Missile Crisis into World III
Aviation History / Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
The story of the U-2 shot down that nearly escalated the Cuban Missile Crisis into World War III
Sponsored by: Helion & Company
U-2 pilot recalls when a Soviet submarine nearly fired a nuclear torpedo at a US Navy ship almost escalating Cuban Missile Crisis into World War III
Aviation History / Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation / Naval Warfare
U-2 pilot recalls when a Soviet submarine nearly fired a nuclear torpedo at a US Navy ship almost escalating Cuban Missile Crisis into World War III
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works tests U-2 new advanced capabilities in first flight of the Dragon Lady's Avionics Tech Refresh program
Military Aviation
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works tests U-2 new advanced capabilities in first flight of the Dragon Lady’s Avionics Tech Refresh program
First U-2 pilot recalls when the only U-2 pilot to fly over Moscow nearly died and crashed into Red Square after he almost bit his poison cyanide pill in half
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
First U-2 pilot recalls when the only U-2 pilot to fly over Moscow nearly died and crashed into Red Square after he almost bit his poison cyanide pill in half
TU-2S
Military Aviation
USAF to retire the U-2 in 2026. Until then the Dragon Lady will be used to benefit fifth-gen, sixth-gen platforms and to fly “traditional” ISR missions.
U-2 Vs SR-71: former USAF Avionics Technician explains why the Dragon Lady still flies spy missions while the Blackbird had been retired
Aviation Humor / Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
SR-71 pilot recalls when he and his RSO stole the jar with testicles of the (passed away) mascot of U-2 pilots and flew it at Mach 3+ (U-2 crews were proud of having flown the mascot’s testicles at 70,000 feet)
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