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.
Happy Birthday U-2
By Stephen Trimble on 1 August, 2010 in Uncategorised
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