National Affairs: The U-2's Record

The moment the Lockheed U-2 made a name for itself, it was a goner—grounded by the unforgiving glare of publicity. But in its brief career, while its mission and its methods were still a well-kept secret, the high-soaring U.S. intruder logged one of the most rewarding records in the history of military aviation. Bits and pieces of that record leaked out last week after the U-2 was ordered from the flight line, its clandestine usefulness damaged beyond immediate repair by the bad luck of getting caught.

Over the four years of its unchallenged high...

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