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USAF U-2

The Lockheed U-2 is a single engine ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft. The type was introduced in 1957 and has a distinctive profile thanks to its pencil shaped fuselage and high aspect ratio wing. 

U-2s have been involved in operations around the world, overflying some of the most sensitive sites in order to gather intelligence on operations and new technologies such as nuclear programmes, from the 1960s Soviet Union to recent operations in Afghanistan.

The aircraft has been utilised by the USAF for over 50 years and shares a connection with RAF Fairford, as the base is used as a stopover for U-2s traveling around the world.

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