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Defective U.S. “Lockheed U-2” Grounded from Gunsan Reconnaissance Party

Defective U.S. “Lockheed U-2” Grounded from Gunsan Reconnaissance Party

Posted March. 23, 2007 07:08,   

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On March 21, a report was released claiming the Lockheed U-2, the U.S.’s high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, which is in charge of making joint reconnaissance flights over North Korea, has been ordered out of the air with all flights being suspended from last week onward.

According to the statement released by the United States Air Force, the electric wiring around the fuel tank has been exposed to long-term friction, causing it to arc. As a result, an eye-of-a-needle-sized hole has been found in the fuel tank. The U.S. Air Force stated, “We have banned all U-2 aircraft from flying until they are confirmed to be safe.”

The entire fleet of Lockheed U-2 aircraft, which are deployed at the 5th airbase in Gunsan and have served as watchdog aircraft flying reconnaissance missions over North Korea, have reportedly been grounded indefinitely until measures to assess and repair the aircraft are completed.

Lockheed U-2, nicknamed the “Dragon lady” was invented in 1955 and is the oldest strategic reconnaissance aircraft in operation.



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