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Reconnaissance will outlive the U-2, but there will always be a divot in the hearts of those who have seen the curvature of the earth, the stars seemingly close enough to touch, and known the satisfaction of having completed a mission with the Dragon Lady.
Former U-2 pilot and military correspondent
writes a lovely adieu to these beautiful,
aircraft, as well as a requiem for the era of human pilots for surveillance, giving way now to
and other remote-control drones. The U-2 is, amazingly, still in service, but apparently soon to be grounded --
-- half-a-century after
Francis Gary Powers'
little Cold War
on May 12, 2010 -
Until the collapse of the Soviet Union Balaklava was one of the most secret towns in Russia. 10km south east of Sevastopol on the Black Sea Coast, this small town was the home to a
Nuclear Submarine Base
on Apr 22, 2006 -