Innovating Beyond the U-2: What Makes this Alluring Plane So Special?
The U-2. Dragon Lady. Angel.
Call it what you like, but the Lockheed Martin U-2 is not your typical plane.
Imagined and built by Skunk Works in the early 1950s, the U-2 name has become synonymous with rapid fielding and innovation. Plus, it boasts an iconic legacy as one of the few planes to operate during the Cold War and remain in operation today thanks to a completely new and redesigned airframe built in the 1980s.
Sixty years after its first flight, the U-2’s incredible technological and operational capabilities are enabling missions from natural disaster support to intelligence gathering.
And should the need arise, the team has a pretty good idea about where to take the Dragon Lady next.
WHAT MAKES THE U-2 SPECIAL?
HOW THE U-2 SEES THE WORLD
U-2 IN SUPPORT OF TROOPS