All planes need regular maintenance, of course. In this case, hydraulic tubing in the fuselage of U-2 at a forward-operating base in Southwest Asia gets checked out by a Lockheed employee. In upgraded U-2S Block 10 models, fiber-optics have replaced legacy wiring. U-2S models pack a General Electric F118-101 engine that can push the aircraft to a cruising speed of about 475 mph and a range of better than 7,000 miles.
February 22, 2012 10:58 AM PST
Photo by: U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alicia Flores