|Length||26.7 cm||10.5 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||43.0 cm||16.9 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Removable pilot figurine
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA6901 – 1/72 Scale Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady, 9th RW, USAF
Hobby Master diecast model HA6901 replicates in 1/72 scale the Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady s/n 68-10337, 9th Reconnaissance Wing (9th RW), United States Air Force (USAF), based at Beale AFB, California, USA, circa 2015.
9th Reconnaissance Wing USAF
The 9th Reconnaissance Wing (9 RW) is a United States Air Force unit stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California. Activated on May 1, 1949, its role is to organize, train and equip the USAF’s U-2R Dragon Lady, RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft. It also operates the T-38 Talons for U-2 pilots to maintain flight hours.
Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady
The Lockheed U-2 is an American single-engine, single-seat, high altitude/near space reconnaissance aircraft. On August 1, 1955, the maiden flight took place, with the first operational mission occurring on July 4, 1956, USSR. Designed by a team led by Clarence “Kelly” Johnson of the Lockheed “Skunk Works” for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the United States Air Force (USAF). Significant variants were the U-2A, the initial production model, U-2R/Tu-1A with an enlarged airframe of nearly 30 per cent, underwing pods and increased fuel capacity. In addition, the U-2Gs were three modified for carrier operations.
The CIA began testing aircraft carrier operations, named “Project Whale Tail” in 1964. Three aircraft were modified for the trials; however, the only known operational mission from a carrier took place in May 1964 to spy on the French atomic test in the Pacific.
The Lockheed U-2, constructed mainly of aluminium, is basically a jet-powered glider with a semi-monocoque fuselage, mid-mounted long tapered cantilevered wings and conventional single fin cantilevered tail unit. The pilot wears a partially pressurised spacesuit. The undercarriage is a bicycle configuration with units called “pogos” attached under each wing, mid-span to maintain balance during ground movement and take-off, dropping away when the plane becomes airborne. The aircraft carries various sensors for collecting signals, air samples, film photography, electro-optic, and radar imagery.
Early variants used the Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojet engines, the U-2C and TR-1A, the more powerful Pratt & Whitney J75 and the U-2S/TU-2S, the even more powerful General Electric F118 turbofan. Shell Oil developed the JP-7 fuel for the U-2, a low-volatility, low vapour pressure that doesn’t evaporate at high altitudes. Giving the U-2S a cruise speed of 760 km/h (472 mph), Mach 0.715 at 72,000 ft, a range of 11,280 km (7,oo9 mi) and a service ceiling of 24,400 m (80,000 ft).