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Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady

By Htam

TAM_4711.jpg@ General William J. Fox Airfield, Lancaster, CA

March 2018

A highlight of the LA County Airshow were a series of flybys by this classic spyplane. First flown in 1955, this iconic aircraft has been continually evolving.  The U-2R, first flown in 1967, is significantly larger and more capable than the original aircraft.  Subsequent engine upgrades resulted in the U-2S designation. The difficulty experienced by the pilots flying the U-2 led to it being called the “Dragon Lady” because the aircraft was extremely unforgiving (either dancing with a lady or fighting a dragon).  Nikon D500 w/Tamron 150-600mm.

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