Lockheed U-2C Tail and Rudder

Tail of white and blue Lockheed U-2C aircraft, shown hanging in museum
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Still shrouded in secrecy over 35 years after its creation, the Lockheed U-2C was originally designed as a strategic reconnaissance aircraft, playing a crucial role during the tense years of the Cold War. Built by the famous ‘Skunk Works" by Lockheed under the direction of Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson, the U-2C was truly one of the most successful intelligence- gathering aircraft ever produced. The U-2C on display at NASM flew the first operational mission over the USSR on 4 July 1956, piloted by Hervey Stockman. Highlighted in this image are the tail and rudder on the Lockheed U-2C.




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