Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady – 9th RW, USAF, Fairford AFB, England, 2014
8 in stock
8 in stock
Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA6903: Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady #80-1074 of the 9th RW, USAF, Fairford AFB, England, 2014. Production run of 1,000 models.
Length 10.5 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches
The USAF has deployed the U-2 from the 9th RW at Beale AFB to Fairford AB in Gloucestershire England to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. This move demonstrates the U.S. commitment to allies in the region. U-2 80-1074 was built in 1984 as TR-1A and underwent the PLSS program, transferred to 17th RW in 1990.In 1992 the aircraft was transferred to the 9th RW and in 1996 was reconfigured as a U-2S. This aircraft had taken part in “Operation Desert Storm”. This release includes a spine-mounted satellite communication system known as either Senior Span or Senior Spur, depending on how the jet is configured. Senior Span provides the conveyance of signals intelligence collection data beyond line of sight and around the globe. Senior Spur is used for transmitting other forms of data, including image intelligence and electronic intelligence gathered by the U-2’s sensors.
Designed as a long-range, high-altitude reconnaisance aircraft, the U-2 was first flown on August 4th, 1955.