11 September 2014
U-2 statistics are used at two levels. First to gauge activity across the program. Second to focus on areas requiring continuous improvements in affordability, availability, and reliability.
U-2 Life Support
8 September 2014
Every U-2 flight requires a lot of behind the scenes work. An assortment of engineers, technicians, and flight line personnel line up to support every mission. The high altitudes at which the Dragon Lady operates, however, create a unique set of responsibilities for ground support personnel. Many of these responsibilities fall on the shoulders of life support technicians.
5 September 2014
The U-2 gathers imagery in a number of ways, including through digital imagery, radar imagery, and traditional wet-processed film. Similarly the U-2 collects signals intelligence in various frequency bands with a variety of sensors. Datalinks on the aircraft allow for immediate transmission of sensor data. The U-2 carries an electronic countermeasure system for self-defense.
S-3 Viking Photos
1 September 2014
Selected images of the utilitarian S-3 Viking carrier-based maritime patrol aircraft.
U-2 Dragon Lady Today
26 August 2014
Thirty-four U-2s are flying today. Most were built in the 1980s as TR-1s though a few are U-2Rs built in the late 1960s. All of these aircraft were re-designated U-2S in 1999, with two exceptions. The two-seat trainer version, accounting for five airframes, is referred to as the TU-2S. The NASA version, accounting for two airframes derived from the U-2S, is referred to as the ER-2.
Tim Nguyen: A Life With Flare
21 August 2014
Tim Nguyen left South Vietnam on the last flight out in 1975. He's now one of the world's experts on defensive systems for large aircraft.
Willis Hawkins And The Genesis Of The Hercules
14 August 2014
Willis Hawkins had many highlights during his nearly fifty-year career with Lockheed, but he considered the C-130 Hercules one of his greatest successes.
17 July 2014
The LM-100J is the civil-certified version of Lockheed Martin's proven C-130J Super Hercules and is an updated version of the L-100 commercial cargo aircraft
F-35 Drag Chute
11 July 2014
The F-35 drag chute system consists of a removable, or missionized pod. While Norway will likely operate with the pod installed full-time, other countries have the option of installing the pod as needed. The system is being designed much as a wing pylon so that the pod can be installed and removed with minimal time and effort.
Aviation History Videos
1 July 2014
Gallery of historical videos of current and legacy aircraft of Lockheed Martin.