is a versatile, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft that is used for intelligence gathering, research and communication purposes.
Rick Bishop, a former U-2
pilot, takes the reader deep into the Black World of 'air-breathing' (non-satellite) reconnaissance, with a revealing and detailed account of the trials and challenges of flying a machine widely acknowledged as 'the most dangerous aircraft in the world', as well as revealing the personalities and adventures of some of the elite cadre of hand-selected pilots who have the right stuff to tame the Dragon Lady.
Its bicycle-type landing gear requires a second U-2
pilot to follow the plane in a chase car, providing radio inputs to guide the pilot while landing.
In the past few days, our forces at Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base warned a US U-2
spy plane which sought to violate Iran's airspace and it was forced to change its direction," General Esmayeeli said addressing a gathering near Tehran on Saturday.
was assigned to the 1st RS at Beale Air Force Base and was on a training mission.
"Dragon Lady" can fly above 70,000 feet - about twice as high as a regular commercial airliner flies.
Dively was one of the U-2
program's most experienced and gifted pilots, no way he could have crashed, right?
Skeptical lawmakers have challenged the Air Force's proposal to ground the resilient U-2
, the long-winged, all-weather manned aircraft with sensors and cameras.
The report also includes the names of pilots who flew U-2
missions, various code words used to describe parts of the project, discussion of the British role in spy-plane surveillance, and details of once-secret U-2
operations in China, India, and France.
Instead papers reveal the base was built by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1955 before being converted to train U-2
spy plane pilots.
Publicly released online on Thursday by the university's National Security Archive, the 400-page CIA history contains the first deliberate official references to Area 51, also known as Groom Lake, as a site developed by the intelligence agency in the 1950s to test fly the high-altitude U-2
reconnaissance was carried out to "provide both governments with a more accurate picture of the Communist Chinese incursions," the report said.