The Fiscal 2013 budget decision to retain the U-2 for longer and retire the Global Hawk Block 30 variant was pretty much a no-brainer, said Lt. Gen. Larry James, the Air Staff's intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance chief, Feb. 15, 2012. USAF thinks the U-2 has plenty of airframe life left in it, potentially carrying it "another 40 years," said James at a conference in Arlington, Va. Its sensors are superior to those of the Block 30, he told reporters after his speech. Here, a U-2 taxis back to the hangar at an undisclosed air base in Southwest Asia after a mission, Feb. 10, 2012.
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