When the U-2 first took off in 1955, no one involved in its top-secret project dreamt that this unique reconnaissance aircraft would still be flying today. The long story of the Dragon Lady is amazing, and complex; this book tells it all, in unprecedented detail, from the early days overflying the Soviet Union under CIA sponsorship, to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and on to the Vietnam War. The epic missions over Communist China were flown by nationalist pilots from Taiwan. How the U-2 was improved, enlarged and put back into production - twice. It led the real-time recce revolution with data links and high-tech sensors. Then it played a key role in Desert Storm, over Bosnia and Kosovo, and most recently over Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the CIA's own historian, Chris Pocock is the foremost authority on the U-2. To write this book, he flew in the aircraft, conducted 250 interviews, and analysed more than 1,000 declassified documents.
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50 Years of the U-2: The Complete Illustrated History of Lockheed's Legendary Dragon Lady based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is the foremost compendium of the history of the U-2 aircraft, from its earliest beginnings up to its current use in modern warfare. There is no other book that compares--even Chris Pocock's previous books on the U-2. I spent 17 years working in the U-2 program as a pilot, commander, and senior Air Force officer in various associated roles, and I verify that Chris's work is absolutely accurate. Moreover, he got to know the people within the U-2 program and has included their stories in this book. Chris devoted his life to studying and cataloging the U-2 and its exploits, and he’s written extensively about it over the years. He’s earned grateful respect from all of us who have flown and operated this very special airplane. The book is very thorough and complete, and it’s a great read.
Chris Pocock has written an absolutely superb book that covers the U-2 progression from its inception thru its still very alive career. The author, because of his tenacity and undying interest in the U-2, has collected an archive of the U-2's history and related facts which has enabled him to write a book that is a U-2 encyclopedia. Anyone who has worked with or been associated with the U-2 program, or is interested in gaining in-depth information about one of Kelly Johnson's most famous aircraft, or would like to read first hand accounts of the operation of America's first high altitude recce bird, I would suggest that you get a copy of Chris's book for your reference library. It is truly a beautiful book.