U-2 Dragon Lady

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]!

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

12 months ago

“There are programs that we can’t share…yet:” Lockheed Martin celebrates 80 Years of Skunk Works Division

For 80 years, Skunk Works has pushed the innovation envelope, failing fast to prove out novel technologies and deliver disruptive… Read More

12 months ago

The story of the U-2 pilot that took part in O Club parties wearing fake bad teeth to joke about the ozone level effect on U-2 drivers

Buddy Brown (Buddy is not a nickname it’s his real name) was one of a handful of men in the… Read More

1 year ago

The weird story of when Kelly Johnson received a bag with $30 million in cash to pay for the first six CIA U-2 spy planes

The guy has on a fedora and a trench coat with a pink carnation in the lapel. Johnson says he… Read More

1 year ago

Carmine Vito was the only U-2 pilot to fly over Moscow: five Soviet MiGs launched to intercept his flight got lost or collided

Several MiG fighters scrambled to intercept him, too. As with previous flights, the intercepts failed. Soviet fighters could not approach… Read More

2 years ago

U-2 Vs SR-71: former USAF Avionics Technician explains why the Dragon Lady still flies spy missions while the Blackbird had been retired

While the U-2 is still in active service today, the US Air Force (USAF) retired its fleet of SR-71s on… Read More

2 years ago

Former U-2 pilot tells the story of the Soviet submarine that almost fired a nuclear torpedo at a US Navy ship during the Cuban Missile Crisis

‘Now let me say something about that Cuban Missile Crisis. This is probably as close as this nation has ever… Read More

2 years ago

U-2 pilot describes how Carmine Vito, the only U-2 pilot to fly over Moscow, almost bit his poison cyanide pill in half while flying over Soviet Union

‘He started to suck on it. Luckily, he realized his mistake in a split second and spit it out in… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the French Air Force Mirage III that buzzed a U-2 flying at 65,000 ft on a mission to spy on France’s nuclear facilities

Equipped with the SEPR 841 rocket booster, the Mirage III literally soared into the skies, though not with the aim… Read More

2 years ago

How the iconic U-2 got its name: Test Pilot Tony LeVier gave Kelly Johnson the finger, Johnson returned giving LeVier the finger and yelled, “U-2”!

During the first flight at the Ranch, Kelly Johnson was on the radio telling Tony LeVier how to land the… Read More

2 years ago

U-2 flies last Optical Bar Camera mission, but Dragon Lady pilots will retain the knowledge and skills to employ the sensor

The Optical Bar Camera mission, which captures daylight acquisition of high-altitude photographs, will transition to forward operating locations supported by… Read More

2 years ago

U-2 Dragon Lady Pilot relays radio messages to Civilian Pilot in Distress, helping him to find a Safe Spot for Emergency Landing near Lake Berryessa

The civilian pilot received radio assistance from Maj. Heatherman, 99th Reconnaissance Squadron U-2 Dragon Lady pilot. A U-2 Dragon Lady… Read More

2 years ago

Journalist who served in the Royal Navy and who flew aboard the U-2 explains why the Dagon Lady is the hardest aircraft to land

‘It’s essential to approach the landing as slowly as possible, i.e. close to the stall, because this beast likes to… Read More

3 years ago

Impressive videos show why U-2 pilots have balls of steel

'I think I can speak for every U-2 pilot when I say that the experience of the first takeoff on… Read More

3 years ago

USAF U-2 spy plane becomes first military aircraft to fly with artificial intelligence as its copilot

The AI algorithm, known as ARTUµ, was developed and trained to execute specific in-flight tasks that otherwise would be done… Read More

4 years ago

For the first time in USAF history reserve pilot qualifies to fly the U-2 Dragon Lady

For the first time in US Air Force and 9th Reconnaissance Wing history, a reservist, Maj. Jeffrey Anderson, 99th Reconnaissance… Read More

4 years ago