Lockheed U-2

Reconnaissance Aircraft

Lockheed U-2D United States Air Force (USAF) 56-6721 388 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Lockheed U-2 is a single-engine single-seat long-range high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Lockheed Corporation, operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the US Air Force, the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force and the NASA.
The U-2 was designed by the Lockheed Advanced Development Projects Devision better known as Lockheed Skunk Works.
Crew1
Propulsion1 Turbojet Engine
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney J75-P-13
Engine Power66,7 kN15000 lbf
Speed850 km/h459 kts
  528 mph
Service Ceiling27.432 m90.000 ft
Range10.060 km5.432 NM
6.251 mi.
Empty Weight5.900 kg13.007 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight10.225 kg22.542 lbs
Wing Span24,38 m79 ft 12 in
Wing Area52,5 m²565 ft²
Length15,24 m50 ft 0 in
Height4,57 m14 ft 12 in
First Flight01.08.1955
Production Statusout of production
Total Production>80
ICAO CodeU2
Data for (Version)Lockheed U-2 C
VariantsU-2A, WU-2A, U-2C, U-2CT, U-2D, U-2E, U-2F, U-2G, U-2H, U-2R (TR-1A), U-2S, U-2ST, ER-2

[Photo-ID: 5512] © Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Lockheed U-2A, United States Air Force (USAF), 56-6722, c/n 389,© Karsten Palt, 2012Lockheed
U-2A
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 56-6722
c/n: 389
 
ex U-2A HICAT test aircraft, last built U-2A
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 10156] © Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Lockheed U-2C, United States Air Force (USAF), 56-6680, c/n 347,© Karsten Palt, 2014Lockheed
U-2C
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 56-6680
c/n: 347
 
National Air and Space Museum [Washington, DC]
[Photo-ID: 10157] © Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Lockheed U-2C, United States Air Force (USAF), 56-6680, c/n 347,© Karsten Palt, 2014Lockheed
U-2C
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 56-6680
c/n: 347
 
National Air and Space Museum [Washington, DC]
[Photo-ID: 13107] © Karsten Palt 2016-07-10
Lockheed U-2CT, United States Air Force (USAF), 56-6692, c/n 359,© Karsten Palt, 2016Lockheed
U-2CT
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 56-6692
c/n: 359
 
Imperial War Museum [Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU / QFO)]
[Photo-ID: 5814] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Lockheed U-2D, United States Air Force (USAF), 56-6721, c/n 388,© Karsten Palt, 2012Lockheed
U-2D
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 56-6721
c/n: 388
 
last remaining U-2D
Blackbird Airpark [Palmdale, CA]
[Photo-ID: 5815] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Lockheed U-2D, United States Air Force (USAF), 56-6721, c/n 388,© Karsten Palt, 2012Lockheed
U-2D
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 56-6721
c/n: 388
 
last remaining U-2D
Blackbird Airpark [Palmdale, CA]