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ER-2 (U-2) Pilot enters NASA Dryden Flight Research Center ER-2 (U-2) at Patrick Air Force Base before it leaves for a hurricane in the Atlantic (from images.ksc.nasa.gov/photos/1998/high/KSC-98PC-0939.jpg)
eR-2 (U-2): Pilot enters the Cockpit
The pilot climbs into the cockpit of a specially equipped NASA Dryden Flight Research Center eR-2 (U-2) as it prepares to leave Patrick Air Force Base for a hurricane in the Atlantic.

The plane was part of the NASA-led Atmospheric Dynamics and Remote Sensing program that included government weather researchers and the university community in a study of Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms. Soaring above 65,000 feet, the eR-2 measured the structure of hurricanes and the surrounding atmosphere that steers the storm's movement. The hurricane study lasted through September 1998, and was part of NASA's earth Science enterprise to better understand the total earth system and the effects of natural and human-induced changes on the global environment.

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.

 

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Photo Identification: KSC-98PC-0939, 14.Aug.1998

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Cutout from the high resolution image of an ER-2 (U-2) Pilot enters NASA Dryden Flight Research Center ER-2 (U-2) at Patrick Air Force Base before it leaves for a hurricane in the Atlantic (from images.ksc.nasa.gov/photos/1998/high/KSC-98PC-0939.jpg)
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ER-2 (U-2) Pilot enters NASA Dryden Flight Research Center ER-2 (U-2) at Patrick Air Force Base before it leaves for a hurricane in the Atlantic (from images.ksc.nasa.gov/photos/1998/high/KSC-98PC-0939.jpg)

 

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