Lockheed U-2C WIng

Underwing with United States Air Force roundel on Lockheed U-2C aircraft on display at 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 is the wing of the Lockheed U-2C.

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09/25/2017

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Mark Avino

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A19820380000-NASM2018-10716

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

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