The Contrails: Aircraft Weapons Systems: U-2S/TR-1 Dragon Lady

An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady flies a training mission.(U.S. Air Force photo/Rose Reynolds)

An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady flies a training mission.(U.S. Air Force photo/Rose Reynolds)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin

Function: High-Altitude

Reconnaissance Service Date: 1955

Speed: 410+ mph

Crew: 1

Production: 35 

Inventory: 33

Commentary: Although the U-2 was designed initially in the 1950s, current aircraft were produced primarily in the 1980s, when the production line was reopened to produce the TR-1, a significantly larger and more capable version than the earlier aircraft.