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From the U-2 to Drones: Evolution of US Surveillance Aircraft -- Bruce Wright
San Luis Obispo Adult School
San Luis Obispo, CA
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From the U-2 to Drones: Evolution of US Surveillance Aircraft -- Bruce Wright
The USSR's launch of the Sputnik satellite in October of 1967 marked the beginning of the space age and the US--USSR space race.  It also intensified the arms race in the deepening Cold War between East and West.  The USA was obsessed with finding out what research and development was taking place in the hidden heart of the USSR--in the Soviet equivalent of our Area 51, the super-secret site for development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems in the Nevada dessert.

During this two-session course, we'll review the mood of the country during the late '50's and early '60's, which led to the development of the first U.S. spy plane - the infamous U-2.  This was just the first of many, about which the general public may have little knowledge.  We'll trace the history of U.S. manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft after the U-2, such as the SR-71, Global Hawk, RQ-170 (Beast of Kandahar), Predator, and discuss new developments on the horizon.

Bring your questions for a lively discussion with an expert in the field.

Bruce Wright spent over 50 years in the Aerospace Industry, 34 with the Skunk Works (the official alias for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs/Projects). During that time he participated in the design and development of   31 aircraft and spacecraft. He led the development teams in 19 of those. He is the "father" of the F-22 Raptor, USA's front line stealth fighter. He has taught aircraft design and history of air and space at Cal Poly for the last five years.  

Tuesdays, September 24 & October 1 1pm - 3pm
SLO Adult School
2 Sessions

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San Luis Obispo Adult School (View)
1500 Lizzie St. Room B3
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
United States


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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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