|Notes: High altitude, LONG-RANGE, strategic reconnaissance aircraft. Long, wide, straight wings give it glider like characteristics.|
|  Base model:||U-2|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1952-Present|
|  Basic role:||Utility|
|  Length:|| 63'|| 19.2 m|
|  Wingspan:|| 102'|| 31.0 m|
|  Wingarea:|| 1,000.0 sq ft|| 92.8 sq m|
|  Empty Weight:|| 15,101 lb|| 6,848 kg|
|  Gross Weight:|| 34,750 lb|| 15,759 kg|
|  Max Weight:|| 40,000 lb|| 18,140 kg|
|  No. of Engines:|| 1|
|  Powerplant:|| Pratt & Whitney J75-P-13B|
|  Thrust (each):||17,000 lb|| 7,709 kg|
|  Range:|| 2,880 miles|| 4,637 km|
|  Cruise Speed:|| 460 mph|| 740 km/h|| 400 kt|
|  Ceiling:|| 70,000 ft|| 21,335 m|
Examples of this type may be found at
U-2C on display
Museum of Aviation
National Air and Space Museum
Strategic Air Command Museum
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Recent comments by our visitors
| Jimmy l downing|
| I have pictures of the U2 taking off from Bien Hoa and pictures of the 67 El Camino I was there in 1969 I was AGE mech TDY from Davis Monthan Tucson Az |
03/20/2014 @ 13:02 [ref: 68429]
| ron thomas|
| I'M THE CREW CHIEF OF THE U2 AT BIEN HOA AFB 1968,THE U2'S TAKE OFF AND LAND AND THE ATTACHABLE/DETACHABLE OUTER WING WHEELS ARE CALLED POGOs.THE CHASE TEAM IN A '67 375HP/396CI CHEVELLE EL CAMINO,NOTE WE LET IT RUN OUT HEE HEE..
ON LANDING, THE CREWS WOULD CHASE THE AIRCRAFT AND TWO CREW MEMBERS WOULD HOP OUT OF THE EL CAMINO, RUN UP TO EACH WING, STABILIZE IT AND ATTACH THE WHEEL ASSEMBLY. ON TAKE OFF THE WHEEL ASSY SIMPLY DROPPED OFF AS THE U2 BECAME AIRBORNE.NOTE THEY ARE HEAVY.
GREAT TIME OF WINNING THE WAR!
02/26/2012 @ 08:10 [ref: 53349]
| Les Schoeck|
| You are correct about the U2-C specs. And yes the max take-off is spectacular. The U-2 held the speed record from Zero to 10,000 feet while our sister flight, the SR71 held the speed records above 10K. That fact irritated the F-4C guys also at Davis-Monthan. The U-2s were moved to Beale in 76. |
09/08/2010 @ 11:36 [ref: 29786]
| j stone|
wood river, IL
| i was a security guard k-9 section at laughlin afb four years. i still dont like to talk about her . except to say she was a beautiful bird. to watch her take off was something . 1958-1962 |
05/13/2007 @ 19:13 [ref: 16479]
| FRED STAEHLE|
PALM SPRI NGS, CA
| WHILE CREWING ARMAMENT ON AN F100 LOAD CREW AT BIEN HOA AFB '67-'68, I VIVIDLY RECALL WATCHING THE U2'S TAKE OFF AND LAND. THEY UTILIZED EASILY ATTACHABLE/DETACHABLE OUTER WING WHEELS THAT WERE CREWED BY THE CHASE TEAM IN A '67 375HP/396CI CHEVELLE EL CAMINO. WE, OF COURSE, WERE EQUALLY IN AWE OF THE EL CAMINO AND THE U2.
ON LANDING, THE CREWS WOULD CHASE THE AIRCRAFT AND TWO CREW MEMBERS WOULD HOF OUT OF THE EL CAMINO, RUN UP TO EACH WING, STABILIZE IT AND ATTACH THE WHEEL ASSEMBLY. ON TAKE OFF THE WHEEL ASSY SIMPLY DROPPED OFF AS THE U2 BECAME AIRBORNE.
WHAT A SIGHT!
02/22/2006 @ 12:20 [ref: 12577]
| robert Johns|
| The specifications listed for the U-2C are in error, they seem to be the specs for the U-2R.
The correct specifications are:
gross weight 23,100 lb
12/08/2005 @ 12:14 [ref: 11910]
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