Conceived during the dark days of the Cold War, the U-2 is a single-engine,single-seat, surveillance aircraft. Designed by aeronautical engineer "Kelly" Johnson, the plane was used by the C.I.A. to photograph installations deep inside Soviet Russia. Known as the "Dragon Lady", the U-2 was classified.
The U-2's existence remained a secret until 1960, when a U-2 flown by Francis Gary Powers was shot down over Soviet territory. The U-2 went on to have a long and illustrious career. Upgraded airframes remained in use five decades after it first debuted.
Originally printed by Lockheed and the USAF in the 1960s, this handbook taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit. The manual was recently declassified. This affordable facsimile has been slightly reformatted.