IamA U-2 Dragon Lady Pilot, AMA!
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We are a team of U-2 pilots currently working at Lockheed Martin. U-2 pilots tackle many types of missions - from intelligence collection and surveying for IEDs to natural disaster assistance and treaty verification. We fly an aircraft that shares a name with a great band, can go from take-off to 63,000 feet in a mere 45 minutes, and we eat space food out of tubes –everything from peaches to beef stroganoff. Built in the 1980s, today’s U-2 is completely different from the U-2 shown in next week’s premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. Curious about the U-2 and what we do? Ask away!
“J. Scott” Winstead: Former U-2 pilot and current U-2 strategic business manager. JScott has 26 years of U.S. Air Force high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance leadership experience, including the U-2 and Global Hawk. He now works as the Lockheed Martin U-2 strategic business manager.
Greg “Coach” Nelson: U-2 Test Pilot for Lockheed Martin. Coach flew the U-2 operationally for the U.S. Air Force for 15 years, including missions throughout the world. He now works as a Lockheed Martin U-2 test pilot.
Rob “Skid” Rowe: U-2 Chief Test Pilot for Lockheed Martin. Skid has more than 31 years of pilot experience with the U.S. Air Force and DARPA. He has logged a total of 9,300 flight hours, 5,300 of them on the U-2 aircraft –the second highest number of any U-2 pilot in history.
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