U-2 ‘Dragon Lady’ Units 1955-90 cover
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Description

An illustrated account of the early service of the Lockheed U-2, one of the most important and longest-serving intelligence gathering platforms fielded by the US air force.

The U-2 is one of the most recognizable aircraft of the Cold War; nicknamed the 'Dragon Lady' after the codename given to it by the CIA, this powered glider was designed and operated in great secrecy, providing US authorities with photographic and electronic information from areas of interest across the globe. This illuminating new volume dives deep into the U-2's most critical missions, exploring its role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, nuclear reconnaissance in the Soviet Union, and intelligence missions in China and North Vietnam.

Using previously unpublished research, aviation expert Peter E. Davies examines the operations of one of the landmark aircraft of the 20th century from a fresh and engaging perspective, enhanced by more than 50 photos and 21 newly commissioned profile artworks.

Table of Contents

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1. Bald Eagle and Aquatone
2. Soviet Overflights
3. Global Reach
4. SAM Response
5. 'Black Cats'
6. Vietnam Operations
7. New Variants
8. Battlefield Reconnaissance
Appendices
Index

Product details

Published 23 May 2024
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472861689
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 21 colour artwork plates and maps; more than 50 black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 152
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Peter E. Davies

Peter E. Davies has specialized in the aircraft of…

Illustrator

Gareth Hector

Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international…

Illustrator

Jim Laurier

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