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the U-2 By NSMC E-mail NSMCpcpostalcom The U-2 CIA Air Force Reasons Soviet air defense was aggressive April 8 1950 USSR shot down a US Privateer over Baltic Autumn 1951 USSR downed a Twin-Engine Navy Neptune bomber June 13 1952 USSR allegedly downed a RB-29 Also scattered reports from Britain and Turkey After USSR backed N Korea fear of USSR expansion grew Development Civilian or Air Force After many letters the decision for who to run development came from president Eisenhower who instructed that if a uniformed test pilot was captured in USSR in peacetime problems would arouse so a civilian team was called for development Funding I would like to note that this segment in many reports was covered with black marker You try to read a sentence blacked out like this s and understand it The Team James R Killian Jr Director of Scientist --- President of MIT His team of engineers worked no more that 50 feet from the assembly line Problems were recognized and fixed in a few hours of draft productions The Place Lockheed Martins Advanced Development facility in Burbank CA AKA Skunk Works The Plane The design called for a lightweight aircraft for ultrahigh flight Tail The long tail was bolted to the body was only 3 bolts This design was similar to a sailplane which is also known for its lightweight Wings The wing spar went through the fuselage The panels were bolted to the side of the fuselage Sailplane Amazingly the wings where integrated fuel tanks keeping almost all of the U-2s fuel Nose and Landing Gear The nose was curved upwards to keep stabilized during wind gusts Sailplane The landing was a complex set of bicycle like gears that weight 208
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