This exclusive time-lapse footage shows an entire U-2 spy plane being disassembled by Lockheed Martin technicians. Every U-2 plane gets revised part by part, repainted, and reassembled every 4,700 flight hours.
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More than 40,000 rivets and 1,800 individual parts, plus the fuselage, get inspected—and repaired or replaced if needed—to assure “a record-high operational rate.”These planes have been flying for decades without glitches.
The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed “Dragon Lady”, is an American single-jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force USAF and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency.
It provides day and night, high-altitude 70,000 , all-weather intelligence gathering.The U-2 has also been used for electronic sensor research, satellite calibration, and communications purposes.