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

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

by Lt. Col. Rick Bishop (Ret.)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910809099
Publisher: Crecy Publishing
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 438,832
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lieutenant Colonel Rick Bishop flew for over 50 years as a civilian, Army, and Air Force pilot amassing over 16,000 hours in the air. Raised in Miami, Florida his passion for aviation started with flying lessons at the age of 16 which he continued throughout his college years. Voluntarily joining the Army in 1967, he saw action in Vietnam then joined the Air Force in 1974 where he flew jets for four years until being selected to join the U-2 Program. Over the following 13 years he rose to Commander of the 99th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron prior to further advancement preceding his early retirement in 1991. Rick then flew for American Airlines for the next 16 years. He now resides on a small farm in the rolling hills north of Ocala, Florida.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Preface 10

Introduction 12

1 Corrosion Corner and Other Misadventures 14

2 Kelly's Angel 24

3 The Mystique 31

4 Fighting the Dragon 46

5 Acceptance or Not 63

6 Unveiling Some of the Lady's Secrets 70

7 Dating the 'Goat' 80

8 First Dance with the Lady 89

9 PSD - the Suit and the Ass-Kicking Chamber 104

10 Getting High 117

11 Spy Pilot Pimps and Other Eccentricities 132

12 Going Operational 144

13 Homecoming 166

14 The Dets 176

15 Black Cats, Det 2 201

16 Shoe Clerk Metamorphosis 230

17 The Beginning of the End 237

18 Fini-Flight 257

Epilogue 265


1 U-2 Unclassified General Specifications 268

2 Variants 269

3 U-2R/TR-1 General Arrangement 270

4 U-2C/R, TR/S Instrument Panel 272

Glossary of Terms 275

References 278

Index 279

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Shady Lady: 1,500 Hours Flying the U-2 Spy Plane 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RGSBC 6 months ago
Anyone in the aviation community will enjoy reading Rick Bishop's Shady Lady. He has a humorous. smooth way of writing and limits the technical aspects. He describes the exceptional piloting skills required to fly a U-2 pilot, the selection process, and the preparation needed prior to each flight, the difficulties of learning to fly the aircraft and the missions and the fascination experienced flying at such altitudes. He also gives a very interesting look into culture. A great read! FIVE STARS1
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