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Lockheed U-2S "Dragon Lady" Cockpit Tour

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Published on Mar 19, 2008

AVweb's Glenn Pew takes you inside the cockpit on a guided tour with an active U-2 pilot. The Lockheed U-2 has been in service for over 50 years. It has been at the center of some of the most tense moments in America's history.


The Air Force lists specifications for the aircraft as follows:

General Characteristics
Primary Function: High-altitude reconnaissance
Contractor: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Power Plant: One General Electric F118-101 engine
Thrust: 17,000 pounds
Wingspan: 105 feet (32 meters)
Length: 63 feet (19.2 meters)
Height: 16 feet (4.8 meters)
Weight: 16,000 pounds
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 40,000 pounds (18,000 kilograms)
Fuel Capacity: 2,950 gallons
Payload: 5,000 pounds
Speed: 410+ miles per hour
Range: 7,000+ miles (6,090+ nautical miles)
Ceiling: Above 70,000 feet (21,212+ meters)
Crew: One (two in trainer models)
Unit Cost: Classified
Initial operating capability: 1956
Inventory: Active force, 33 (5 two-seat trainers and two ER-2s operated by NASA); Reserve, 0; ANG, 0

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