Shady Lady: 1,500 Hours Flying the U-2 Spy Plane Zoom

Shady Lady: 1,500 Hours Flying the U-2 Spy Plane

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Developed during the Cold War by Lockheed's super-secret "Skunk Works", no other American spy plane has been so key to gathering highly classified intelligence. For the first time in paperback, author and former U-2 pilot Rick Bishop takes you deep into the Black World of high-altitude recon missions, revealing the many trials and challenges of flying these fragile and dangerous aircraft.

At the very edge of the atmosphere, invisible against the deep indigo sky, lurks a spy plane so sophisticated that it replaced the SR-71 Blackbird some 30 years ago. Its flat black shark-like skin deflects and absorbs all but the most advanced radars, leaving it to roam undetected while silently gathering detailed intelligence. Considered a 'National Asset' the U-2 Dragon Lady, in its various forms, has been in continuous military service for over six decades. Indeed she is deemed so important that she has enjoyed three separate production runs at the super-secret Lockheed 'Skunk Works', each time emerging with new and highly classified intelligence gathering capabilities.

Rick Bishop, a former U-2 pilot, takes the reader deep into the Black World of 'airbreathing' (non-satellite) reconnaissance, with a revealing and detailed account of the trials and challenges of flying a machine widely acknowledged as 'the most dangerous aircraft in the world', as well as revealing the personalities and adventures of some of the elite cadre of hand-selected pilots who have the right stuff to tame the Dragon Lady. From the grueling two-week interview process, through early training flights to many exploits flying top-secret missions around the world, and his eventual rise to Commander, the author sheds new light on a world that is largely unknown outside the tight-knit fraternity of U-2 pilots and support personnel.

Pages: 280
Size: 6 X 9.25 (inches)
Format: Paperback
Illustrations: 60 photos
Publisher: Crecy Publishing
ISBN: 9781800352582
Product Code: AD258