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In 1954 Lockheed received approval to produce a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. The
creation of this aircraft went to Lockheed’s Skunk Works and the famous Kelly Johnson. The
aircraft, a single-engine jet that could provide images day or night over Soviet territory, was
labeled U-2 (U=utility) and given the name “Dragon Lady”. The first test flight took place in 1955
and was used by the CIA and the USAF during the Cold War. The U-2 came to international
notoriety in 1960 when one piloted by Gary Power was shot down over the Soviet Union.
In 1960 the 35th Squadron “Black Cats” was established at Taoyuan AB in northern Taiwan with
U-2 flights taking place between 1961 and 1974. The flights were under CIA supervision and
flown by ROCAF pilots. The original N803X 56-6683 crashed and the number was reassigned to
U-2R 68-10329 that first flew in 1967. This U-2 was the first to fly with Super Pods under the
wings and when it joined the ROCAF in was numbered 3925. In 1981 3925 was transferred to the
9th SRW and in 1995 converted to a U-2S.
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