The U.S. government's budget proposal for fiscal 2013 (PDF) says this about the two aircraft (see page 48 of the PDF): "The comprehensive strategic review, recently completed by the Department of Defense, reduced the requirement for the number of high altitude reconnaissance 'orbits' and this reduction allows the current fleet of U-2 aircraft to fulfill all requirements for high altitude reconnaissance. The decision to cancel Global Hawk production, therefore, will have little impact on operations, which will continue using the U-2. However, ending Global Hawk production will result in substantial long-term savings that can be used for other programs."
This photo shows a U-2 taking off for a mission over Iraq in April 2003.
February 22, 2012 10:58 AM PST
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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