These tags have been laser cut from the canopy of U-2A 56-6692, and come in 3 different variants: Clear, Bi-color, and All Black. The canopy of this aircraft was painted black in areas to act as a shade, and some of our tags feature this black paint. The Bi-color and All Black feature the same subdued black artwork. The Clear tags feature full color artwork. Only 250 tags will be made.
"962" was the 19th U-2A to be built and was delivered to the USAF in 1954, and served until 1991. It flew reconnaisance missions over the Soviet Union as well as China, and was converted into a 2-seat trainer later in its life. Just before its retirement the aircraft was converted back into a single seat aircraft for static display. At the time the rear canopy was removed.
The crosshairs on this tag are reminiscent of the cockpit camera viewfinder that pilots would have looked into during missions, and it was also used for navigation and surface-to-air missile detection.
Please note: there are no identifying marks on this canopy tying it to aircraft 56-6692. We have chosen to associate this canopy with that aircraft based on what we were told from the individual we purchased this canopy from. This story was corroborated by others in the program at the time the canopy was removed. This canopy also features white paint in areas that match 56-6692's paint job during the time it was flown as a 2-seat trainer. Significant research was done to ID this canopy, and we are confident listing it as such.
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