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Maybe it was mentioned, but why does the U2 still fly and not the SR71? Isnít the U2 older?

Does the U2 still get the job done at a lower cost or ?

Originally Posted by jcommin View Post
I'm reading a book I highly recommend "A Brotherhood of Spies" The U2 and the CIA's secret war by Monte Reel.

The spy program was developed in the 50s because we had no means of a ground spy network to gather information from our foes, specifically the USSR. We were rookies in the area and to develop a spy network would take years and then there is always the question of, is the information accurate? At the time, we were very paranoid that the Russians were surpassing us militarily. (Google the bomber and missile gap) The U2 program was the brainchild of a few people including Kelly Johnson. The belief was that if information was gathered live thru advanced photography would far exceed the accuracy of information gathering. The few believed the technology existed and that a spy plane could be built in a short amount of time. It did.

Spy planes can be put in the air immediately and although the SR-71 is retired, U2 planes still fly. They fly because there is a need for it.

It's a great read -
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