Posted on: 13 July 2001
Updated on: 17 July 2001
56-6714, Art. #381
At an airshow with slipper tanks, and grey camo!
#6714 is currently on display at Beale AFB, CA
History of #6714
August 1957 delivered to Groom Lake, NV as U-2A
2 May 1974 as U-2C crashed near Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ; USAF Pilot: Dan W. Riggs survived
Lost on 31 January 1980 near Oroville, CA. USAF Pilot: Edward I. Beaumont lost consciousness while on a training flight the aircraft. The aircraft glided earthward, followed by a chase aircraft, till it hit some high tension electrical lines causing the U-2 to slowly spiral to the ground. After safely landing, Edward Beaumont regained consciousness by the sudden jolt of hitting the ground, and he exited the U-2.
The U-2 is now mounted on pylon at Beale AFB, CA.