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U-2 and early Cold War reconnaissance exhibit opens at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

DAYTON, Ohio -- "Dragon Lady: The U-2 and Early Cold War Reconnaissance" exhibit in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- "Dragon Lady: The U-2 and Early Cold War Reconnaissance" exhibit in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- An exhibit highlighting the U.S. Air Force's early Cold War reconnaissance is open to the public at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

"Dragon Lady: The U-2 and Early Cold War Reconnaissance" exhibit joins the museum's permanent displays in the Cold War Gallery. The exhibit officially opened during a ceremony June 15.

The Lockheed Martin U-2 has played a vital role in American strategic intelligence for more than 50 years. The unique high-flying reconnaissance jet was designed early in the Cold War to overfly and photograph military activities in the Soviet Union and other communist nations. Nicknamed "Dragon Lady" after a 1930s comic strip character, the aircraft has been used by the U.S. Air Force, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The museum's exhibit highlights the U-2 aircraft, reconnaissance missions and photo interpretation. Featured artifacts include flying suits, a U-2 pilot party suit and an A-2 camera set.

Admission to the museum and the exhibit is free.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).


NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 333.

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