This Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) U-2 Dragon Lady Diecast challenge coin is the 4th aircraft in our latest collection It is made out of polished black nickel with the patch laser etched into the belly of the aircraft and hard enamel paint for detail. The patch is from the Central Intelligence Agency. This unique diecast coin has a 3 inch wingspan.
In the early 1950s, with Cold War tensions on the rise, the U.S. military desired better strategic reconnaissance to help determine Soviet capabilities and intentions. The existing reconnaissance aircraft, primarily bombers converted for reconnaissance duty, were vulnerable to anti-aircraft artillery, missiles, and fighters. It was thought an aircraft that could fly at 70,000 feet (21,000 m) would be beyond the reach of Soviet fighters, missiles, and even radar. This would allow overflights to take aerial photographs.
The U-2 is still used today and is probably taking pictures of Kim Jong-un while you read this description.
This diecast challenge coin is 3 inches in size with a polished black nickel finish.