Maintaining a multi-million-dollar spy plane is a serious process. So serious, in fact, that each plane gets a full disassembly every 4,700 flight hours.
Fox-body Ford Mustangs and a whole crop of high-performers from GM have served the US Air Force over the years, helping land the legendary U-2 spy plane.
A US Air Force feasibility stud has found that the sensors and cameras from the U-2 spy plane can be adapted to work on the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone.
For the US Air Force, the dominance of drones has been bad news for some of the branch's most iconic aircraft. For the iconic U-2 "Dragon Lady," though, its manufacturer is fighting for the plane's future. Lockheed Martin is pushing the USAF to redevelop a trio of the high-flying jets so that they can be flown without a pilot in the cockpit.