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DiesleEra Technology Today: U2 Spyplane

Meet the U2 Dragon Lady.


Ok, before you start throwing wrenches and decoder rings at me, hear me out. Now keep in mind, when this thing first flew, cars did not yet have tail-fins, Oldsmobile was a little over 50 years old, and all the instruments in this bird were mechanical. The B-36, the last American bomber to use propellers was half way through its 10 year service life. James Dean was killed on his way to a race in Porsche 550 Spyder. And no member of the group U2 has been born.

And engineers with paper and pencil and slide-rulers worked in places called "skunk works".

So 55 years later the U2 is still with us and has once again avoided retirement: it's current mission is detecting insurgents in Afghanistan.

Here is a clip from a documentary that takes us on trip to 70,000ft (21km)



We now return you to the music of Bill Haily and the Comets singing "Rock around the Clock". Elvis will be along in a year or two.

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Comment by Sparky Gage on March 25, 2010 at 1:23pm
I'm trying to find out for sure, but this is the 2nd oldest series of plane currently in US military/government service (the first being the B52).
Comment by IRON CROSS on March 24, 2010 at 7:33pm
its hard to think that the U2 a cold world warrior was entering service just 10 years after ww2 very cool

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