Happy Birthday U-2



The Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady today celebrates the 55th anniversary of its official first flight. History buffs will recall of course that the U-2′s first real flight occurred three days earlier, but it was an accident. Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier inadvertently lifted the U-2 prototype off the ground during a ground taxi test, a fact he wouldn’t discover until he attempted to apply brakes to end his “ground taxi”. Truly, the U-2 is an aircraft that wants to fly.

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One Response to Happy Birthday U-2

  1. rapier 2 August, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    I would have preferred to see the pic of an early variant of the U-2 …..

    https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/winter98_99/page3.gif

    Happy birthday, Old Warrior …..

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