The Cutest Little Spy Plane

by Jack Curry. Average Reading Time: less than a minute.

Earlier this year, the CIA declassified & released one of the original U2 flight manuals from 1959 (PDF, 18.8MB). I guess I had randomly downloaded it and promptly forgot, but I re-discovered it in my downloads folder earlier today.

While most of the manual concerns all the nitty-gritty of flying a plane to gather intel over Mother Russia, the thing that I found the most delightful were the little cartoons of an anthropomorphized U2 at the beginning of each section. A nice way to bring some levity into an otherwise staid & straightforward operator’s manual—my favorite definitely has to be the “Systems Operation” one (poor little dude!)








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