Notoriety attached itself to the U-2 in May 1960 when the Soviet Union brought down a CIA flight over its territory. To cover it up, the U.S. issued a press release from NASA that said the U-2 was conducting weather research and strayed off course. To bolster the cover-up, a U-2 was quickly painted in NASA markings, with a fictitious NASA serial number, and put on display for the news media at the NASA Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. This story quickly blew up in the agency's face, however, when the aircraft wreckage was pictured by the Soviet Union proving it was a spy plane.
Pictured here is the fake NASA U-2 parked at Edwards Air Force Base.