View Full Version : Lockheed U-2R in flight over Kuwait discussion

01-09-2009, 12:43 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlfile31324/Lockheed-U-2R-in-flight-over-Kuwait.htm>Lockheed U-2R in flight over Kuwait</a></b><br><br>The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed Dragon Lady, is a single-engine, high-altitude aircraft flown by the United States Air Force and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency. It provides day and night, high-altitude (70,000 ft, 21,000 m plus), all-weather surveillance. The aircraft is also used for electronic sensor research and development, satellite calibration, and satellite data validation. <br />
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The U-2R, first flown in 1967, is significantly larger and more capable than the original aircraft. A tactical reconnaissance version, the TR-1A, first flew in August 1981. A distinguishing feature of these aircraft is the addition of a large instrumentation &quot;superpod&quot; under each wing. Designed for standoff tactical reconnaissance in Europe, the TR-1A was structurally identical to the U-2R. The 17th Reconnaissance Wing, Royal Air Force Station Alconbury, England used operational TR-1As from 1983 until 1991. The last U-2 and TR-1 aircraft were delivered to the Air Force in October 1989. In 1992 all TR-1s and U-2s (all U-2Rs) were designated U-2Rs. The two-seat trainer variant of the TR-1, the TR-1B, was redesignated as the TU-2R. After upgrading with the F-118-101 engine, the former U-2Rs were designated the U-2S Senior Year. <br /><br /><img src=http://www.gearthhacks.com/showimage.php?image=112807/644424u2r.jpg>

01-09-2009, 12:44 AM
was the the U2 highlighted in the Google Earth Blog (http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2009/01/u2_spyplane_caught_in_flight_in_goo.html)?

or another?


01-09-2009, 08:45 AM
It was teh one from GEC and GEB, also I added the finder Delta 102 in the file, that he found it.
Many files in GEH and GEC are the same, but not so many from GEH look in GEC for new files.