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CIA alrcnrft nonnally - • with out marlllngs other than in the course of public dlaplay, whilst the)' frequently carried fake merklngs. (GS Wlllema vie Andrews) Tall Cone improvement U·2 Protoype U·2A r•••n:h ShOtt ero. d Pointed Tiii Cone TailCone Flat 7 sssss (Below) Thie U·2A of the Air strength Flight try middle at Edwards Air strength Base ls protected against the aun through a " Howdah", • porteble disguise which wa1 held In position at the fuselage by way of a curved frllme wHh cenvea retelnlng 1trap1. (USAF through Andrews) (Above) Thie U·2A (56·6696) used to be the 1st U·2 brought to the Air strength, virtually years modify the 1st U·2 waa dropped at the CIA. The U·2s have been brought to the 4080th Strategic R9Connaluance Wing on eleven June 1957, In traditional steel end and lull Air strength markings In Black. (John Andrews) cover improvement U·2 Prototype Sunahleld help Cordi U·2A Whtte Painted cover part eight Early U-2 variations WU-2A 5 construction U·2Aairframes have been transformed for prime altitudeairsamplingwith an airintake fastened within the nostril and a ahead dealing with air scoop put in at the left aspect of the "Q bay". extending down lower than the the fuselage in a streamlined fairing. The air scoop housed filter out components that trapped fall out debris for later learn. at the least seven extra U·2As have been later changed to WU·2A criteria to be used within the excessive Altitude Sampling software (HASP). except the nostril air consumption and underfuselugc air scoop, those plane have been externally exact 10 the U-2A. U-2B at the least se'-eo U·2As "ere re-engined with the 15,800 lbst Pran & Whitney 175-P·IJA engine lower than the designation U·2B. Externally similar to the U-2A, those airplane have been internnlly bolstered to just accept the better thrust and elevated weight of the hot engine. diversity. payload. and airframe fatigue existence have been all elevated just a little. Ejection seats have been extra, those changing into ordinary on all U·2s. U-2C a few U-2A and U-28 airframes have been re-engined with the 17,000 lbst flS·P· 138 engine less than the designation U·2C. to house the elevated air now calls for oft he new engine, the fuselage air intakes have been enlarged, with a little bit bu lged contoul'll. The nostril was once lengthened somewhat to supply inner house for brand new sensors. inner gasoline tankage was once elevated, provision used to be made forcaniagc of"slipper.. sort wing gasoline tanks, and a dorsal gear .. canoe" fairing was once additional to the higher fuselage backbone working from simply in the back of the intakes to the bottom of the lio. An unspecified numberofU·2A air· frames ~till in creation have been accomplished as U·2Cs. The felted air scoop o n the reduce fuselage aide Is the lnteke for the excessive Altitude Sampling procedure put in within the" O" bay as a part of the HASP software. FMters inaide the ecoop trapped radloecttve dirt for lat er research. (Hopton through Andrews) N --~-- A 4080th SRW pilot prepa- to board a WU·2A for a HASP project out of RAAF IAverton, Australia. the e-mail ci. r cular air consumption within the tip of the nostril is a part of the HASP SMipling 1ys· tern. The lengthy .