After 50 years, the U-2 remains on the cutting edge
By Senior Airman Shawn Nickel, 9th RW Public Affairs
/ Published September 24, 2012
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Whether people recognize it by the Snoopy-like nose or by the flat black paint and red lettering on the tail, the U-2 has become an Air Force reconnaissance icon in its 50 years of military operations.
Since the first model was assembled in the 1950s, the aircraft's original, shiny aluminum skin has evolved to the current flat black paint scheme, and its mission has broadened as intelligence imagery techniques have improved...
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