In 1954 Lockheed was approved to build a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. The creation of this aircraft went to Lockheed’s Skunk Works and "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 Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union.
Hobby Master is a manufacturer of high quality, pre-built, diecast models. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specifications of the original aircraft or vehicle. They are made with precision-tooled die-cast metal and some plastic components.