U-2 Dragon Lady

Dragon Lady retirement moves forward: USAF retires U-2 Tail 80-1085 as her pilot conducts their 1,085 solo flight

Dragon Lady retirement moves forward: USAF retires U-2 Tail 80-1085 as her pilot conducts their 1,085 solo flight

Beale retires U-2 Tail 80-1085 as her pilot conducts their 1,085 solo flight On Apr. 5, 2024, Beale Air Force… Read More

5 days ago

The first silver U-2 to fly since 2014: A rare TU-2S returned to service after a nearly three-year repair odyssey

Rebirth of the Silver Dragon: Rare TU-2S returned to service TU-2S Dragon Lady 1078’s silver frame stood out in the… Read More

3 weeks ago

U-2 driver explains why Dragon Lady pilots must stall the U-2 in the air in order to land the iconic spy plane

The U-2 The U-2 provides high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance, day or night, in direct support of US and allied… Read More

4 weeks ago

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

Richard Bissell Richard Bissell, the senior Government official who took responsibility for the Central Intelligence Agency's failed attempt to topple… Read More

2 months ago

U-2 Avionics Technician explains why Dragon Lady pilots breathe pure oxygen for as much as 14 hours straight

The U-2 Built in complete secrecy by Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works, the original U-2A first flew in… Read More

2 months ago

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

The U-2 and the Cuban Missile Crisis Built in complete secrecy by Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works, the… Read More

3 months ago

Beale retires TU-2S #1065, the Dragon Lady that served for 40 years, completed 11,450 sorties and 24,042 flight hours

Beale retires TU-2S #1065 On Jan. 11, 2024, Beale Air Force Base (AFB) said goodbye to TU-2S Dragon Lady tail… Read More

3 months ago

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 U-2 The U-2 is still considered today to be one of the most technologically advanced aircraft ever built. It’s… Read More

4 months ago

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

The Lockheed U-2 Since its inception the Lockheed (today Lockheed Martin) U-2 has played a vital role in American strategic… Read More

4 months ago

British Secret U-2 operations and the RAF pilots who flew the Dragon Lady on CIA’s behalf during the Cold War

British U-2 operations Although known through authors like Chris Pocock and Paul Lashmar, for many years the UK government consistently… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the U-2 shot down that nearly escalated the Cuban Missile Crisis into World War III

The U-2 and the Cuban Missile Crisis Built in complete secrecy by Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works, the… Read More

6 months ago

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

A U-2 pilot tells a scary story that took place during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Built in complete secrecy by… Read More

6 months ago

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works tests U-2 new advanced capabilities in first flight of the Dragon Lady’s Avionics Tech Refresh program

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works completed the first flight of the U-2 Dragon Lady's (ATR) program. Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, in… Read More

7 months ago

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

The U-2 The US Air Force (USAF) jointly managed U-2 development, testing and missions with the CIA from the start.… Read More

8 months ago

The story of How the U-2 got its name: Test Pilot Tony LeVier flipped off Kelly Johnson, Johnson flipped off in return LeVier and yelled, “U-2” [You Too]!

‘Tony LeVier [the test pilot who flew the first flight of the U-2] was sitting at Bob Gilliland’s bar when… Read More

10 months ago