Delivered to Groom Lake, NV on 29 March 1956. With original Det A on initial deployment in late April 1956.
This aircraft operated as Civil N802X, to a U-2G, to a U-2C, to NASA 809, to the Museum of Aviation at Robbins AFB, GA.
Equipped to fly APQ-56 side looking radar, one of three CIA aircraft so equipped. Probably one of the first four aircraft to be plumbed for slipper tanks in 1957. Was used in U-2 stealth tests in June 1958. Deployed to Det B, in 1958. While deployed to Det C, 56-6682 ran out of fuel and was landed in a Thai rice paddy, piloted by Bill McMurray on 5 April 1960.
NASA Pilots: Jerry Hoyt & Ron Williams set "Time to Climb" records for class in U-2C 56-6682 (NASA: N709NA) on 17-18 April 1989. This aircraft was flown to Robbins AFB, GA to be put on display by NASA pilot Doyle Krumrey on 26 April 1989. The aircraft is currently on display as a U-2C at the Museum of Aviation, Robbins AFB, GA.
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