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The U-2 Dragon Lady: From Cold War Relic to Indispensable Intelligence Platform

Chris McCann, Major, USAF (retired)

The U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was born out of fear and the necessity to understand Soviet atomic weapons development in the mid-1950s. For over 60 years, this highly specialized aircraft has been an unmatched source of strategic and tactical intelligence to our nation. But hasn't its relevance faded with satellite and drone technology? Hardly! There are multiple U-2s airborne nearly every hour of every day, and the Air Force has cancelled plans to retire it anytime soon. This lecture will explain how this remarkable aircraft has maintained its status as the most valuable manned intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft the world has ever known.

Instructor: Chris McCann is a former U.S. Air Force Test Pilot and combat pilot. He served in both Gulf Wars in Iraq, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and operations in Bosnia, Somalia, and numerous classified locations. He earned his BS degree in Astronautics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MS in Software Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School.

Coordinator: Lyle Kalish

Course Number: OSHR-70118   Credit: 0 units


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01/09/2018 In-class 128851 $0.00  

Day and Time: Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla