These tags have been cut from the canopy rail of USAF** aircraft 56-6692**. These tags feature the metal from the canopy rail and the acrylic canopy material. They come printed with a special variant of the original 56-6692 artwork that includes an image of the aircraft in flight. There are only 19 of these tags available and they are included in the original 250 tag run of 56-6692. It comes on a metal cardback.
"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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