One of the Edwards' research U-2As was utilized in an AFCRL project called Rough Rider (1960-1968).
At that time, Project Rough Rider was a new tornado research project of the Weather Bureau's National Severe Storms Project (NSSP); in cooperation with, and coordination from the Weather Bureau's Research Flight Facility (RFF), the Air Force's AFCRL, GRD and Aeronautical Systems Division (ASD) laboratories as well as NASA and the FAA.
Simultaneously, in a related project, called the Lightning Research Project (1964-1966), sponsored by the AFCRL's Cloud Physics Division, in cooperation with the Aeronautical Systems Division of the Air Force's Sandia Corporation laboratory (also in association with the U.S.
Another AFCRL U-2 atmospheric research project, conducted in 1961, in support of New York's Dudley Observatory, flew space particle sampling missions for the collection of micro-meteorites at high-altitudes.
Between 1962 and 1967, AFCRL used a specially-equipped U-2 aircraft to verify the heights of cloud tops during the development of the Weather Bureau's WSR-57 Weather Radar Network.
Also, from 1964 to 1966, the Jet Stream Cirrus Research Project was conducted by the AFCRL in support of Sandia Labs.
Beginning in early 1960, the AFCRL made available a U-2 to the Weather Bureau's HRP and its component Project Stormfury, an experimental hurricane modification project, providing high-altitude photographs and meteorological data in the troposphere region over the hurricanes.
Also, between 1962 and 1966, AFCRL research U-2 aircraft were utilized in a high-altitude Ozone Research Project to sample and measure ozone concentrations in the upper atmosphere.
On October 22, 1963, the AFCRL Ozone U-2 flew up and over the top of Hurricane Ginny and down into its eye to make Ozone measurements.