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U-2 Photo

 

ER-2 (U-2) from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center during landing (from www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/ER-2/Large/EC98-44435-1.jpg)
eR-2 (U-2) With Satellite Uplink Pod During Landing (?)
NASA eR-2 #709 (U-2) from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center during landing (?). (Documentation notes "in flight", but gear is down.)

The eR-2 is NASA's "civilian" version of the U-2. "eR" stands for "earth Resource". NASA's eR-2s have tail numbers 806 and 809 (previously 706 and 709). NASA began using the U-2 in 1971 to collect science data. It replaced the U-2s with eR-2s in 1981 and 1989. The aircraft were based at the NASA Ames Research Center until 1997 when they moved to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. The aircraft are platforms for a variety of high-altitude science missions flown all over the world. They are also used for earth science and atmospheric sensor research and development, satellite calibration and data validation. The eR-2s can carry 2,600 pounds of experiments in a nose bay, the main equipment bay behind the cockpit, two wing-mounted superpods and small underbody and trailing edges. Most eR-2 missions last about six hours with ranges of about 2,200 nautical miles at altitudes above 65,000 feet. The aircraft is 63 feet long, with a wingspan of 104 feet. The top of the vertical tail is 16 feet above ground when the aircraft is on the bicycle-type landing gear. Cruising speeds are 410 knots, or 467 miles per hour, at altitude. A single General electric F-118 turbofan engine rated at 17,000 pounds thrust powers the eR-2. For more information see the eR-2 Fact Sheet.

 

Original Images

Photo Identification: EC98-44435-1, 02.Mar.1998, Tony Landis

(Original images include a "label" across bottom.)

Image #1 High Resolution, JPG
3000 x 2793 pixels 3,794,456 bytes
www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/eR-2/Large/EC98-44435-1.jpg

Image #2 Medium Resolution, JPG
1099 x 1024 pixels 360,324 bytes
www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/eR-2/Medium/EC98-44435-1.jpg

Image #3 Low Resolution, JPG
515 x 480 pixels 62,974 bytes
www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/eR-2/Small/EC98-44435-1.jpg

Image #4 Thumbnail Resolution, GIF
96 x 89 pixels 6,654 bytes
www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/eR-2/Thumb/EC98-44435-1.gif

Information Page
www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/eR-2/HTML/EC98-44435-1.html

 

Images On This Page

Thumbnail: 188 x 150 pixels 2,208 bytes (CRO-75)
Hi-Res Cutout: 150 x 150 pixels 2,328 bytes (HRC-30)
Full (1000): 1000 x 799 pixels 54,872 bytes (CRO-75)

All images on this page derived from original image #1, the high resolution photo.
See this page for info about these derivations.

 

Cutout from the high resolution image of an ER-2 (U-2) from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center during landing (from www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/ER-2/Large/EC98-44435-1.jpg)
Cutout from Hi-Res Image #1
See this page for info about Hi-Res Cutouts.

 

ER-2 (U-2) from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center during landing (from www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/ER-2/Large/EC98-44435-1.jpg)

 

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