The Transylvania Times -

By Robbie Robertson
Sports Editor 

U-2 Pilot Recounts Time In Top-Secret Plane – Brevard NC


Designed with an 80 (and later 100) foot wingspan, the U-2 could sustain flight at up to 70,000 feet, something only one other aircraft could do (the SR-71 'Blackbird).(Photos Courtesy Duke Woodhull)

Silent - practically invisible at 60,000 feet - - the U-2 "spy plane" perhaps more than anything else symbolizes the Cold War.

Designed to fly in the upper reaches of the atmosphere and highly classified to this day, the U-2 is flown by a small fraternity of pilots many still sworn to secrecy about the specifics of the plane and their missions over foreign countries (enemy and friend alike).

USAF pilot Richard "Duke" Woodhull, who now lives in Brevard, flew the U-2 in the aircraft's infancy, then went on to a long career in the senior leadership positions overseas and at home, and has wr...

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