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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.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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