Posted on: 17 July 2001
Updated on: 17 July 2001

80-1081 art.#081

Maj. Alan Zwick, flying 1081 broke a world record that has stood for 19-years on Dec. 12, 1998, when he flew his U-2 and payload to an altitude of more than 12 and a half miles above the Earth's surface. Shattering the record by about 38,287 feet. Of course U-2s break this 19 year old record every day!

The above two pictures show , just before take-off and while taking off

Photos by Senior Airman Johnny Saldivar

History of 1081

Built as TR-1A*, Oct 1985

Transferred to 9 WG, August 1991

Reconfigured as U-2S, Oct 1996

1081 used to set new world record on Dec. 12, 1998, USAF Pilot: Alan Zwick

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