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The impending retirement of the Lockheed U-2, which began flying for the Central Intelligence Agency in 1956, has been in the news for a while now

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The impending retirement of the Lockheed U-2, which began flying for the Central Intelligence Agency in 1956, has been in the news for a while now. Yesterday, AirForceTimes.com reported that the Air Force, which incrementally took over U-2 ops starting in the mid-1960s, will phase out the beloved Dragon Lady by 2015, when the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle will replace it.

AirForceTimes writer Dave Majumdar notes that the Global Hawk “has had some teething problems where it failed its operational test due to poor reliability and mediocre sensor performance….” To which Lieutenant Colonel Rick Thomas, Global Hawk functional manager for the Air Force, responded that the Global Hawk has come a long way. “The was a spot in time.”

Can anyone translate that for me? Because I have no idea what Lt. Col. Thomas is trying to say.

"With time and money, the aircraft will get better, but it will never live up to what was originally promised," an anonymous source told Air Force Times staff writer Dave Majumdar. U.S. Air Force photograph.

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