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As the newest generation of an American icon, the U-2S delivers unmatched performance and unparalleled capability, and is ready and able to serve the warfighter beyond 2045 without any major upgrades.
Furthermore, fifth and fourth generation fighter data and U-2 onboard Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare systems data were relayed to both a Rover ground terminal and the Common Mission Control Center, allowing the LRASM surrogate to be dynamically retargeted in midflight.
So when the CIA started flying U-2 planes above 60,000 feet, UFO sightings reports increased.
The U-2 spy plane is flown by the United States Air Force now.
House, which passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2015 defense appropriations bill in June, and the Senate Appropriations Committee, which sanctioned its version of the legislation in July, have stated concern about retiring the U-2 and necessary the Air Force or Secretary of Defense to submit plans explaining how its capabilities will be replaced.
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.
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 plane.
Instead papers reveal the base was built by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1955 before being converted to train U-2 spy plane pilots.
New weapons systems are going to emerge and accelerate the curve of the U-2 even more.
The U-2 can still do a better job for less money, officials said.