The U-2 aka “dragon lady” is a high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft used to collect imagery intelligence and detect nuclear and chemical signatures.
The U-2 flies at a breathtaking 70,000 feet and as such, its pilots are required to wear a full pressure suit in order to survive.
What’s more, the spy plane is difficult for even experienced pilots to operate due to its lightweight glider-like airframe coupled with high altitude flight.
Thus, the U-2 has been affectionately dubbed the “dragon lady,” according to the Air Force.
The plane is equipped with bicycle-type landing gear which requires a second U-2 pilot to chase the plane in a car while giving directions to the pilot via radio.
Here’s what landing the U-2 looks like: