First-person memoirs of many of the men who supported the early US spy plane project are included in this remarkable book ... For years, these tales were listed as 'Top Secret' on a 'need to know' basis. As a fan of the U-2, it was a case of 'I'd like to know more'. Well, at last, this book fills in many of the missing gaps from Cold War U-2 operations. --Airfix Model World magazine
Remembering the Dragon Lady is a superb book on the dramatic history of this marvelous airplane. A product of Kelly Johnson's Skunk Works, the U-2 was acclaimed by him as one of the very high points of his engineering career. As a pilot of the U-2 for over nine years, I can attest to its challenges and rewards. I entered the program when it first came into the USAF inventory and drew immense pleasure and pride from mastering this difficult but rewarding plane and accomplishing the mission for which it was created. Readers will find this book an exciting and educational volume. --Patrick J. Halloran, Maj. Gen. (Ret.), USAF
First-person memoirs feature prominently in this book. These include pilots, engineers, photographic specialists and family members. Photos and memoirs from US-trained British U-2 pilots are also included in this absorbing examination of the legendary military aircraft. --FlyPast
About the Author
Gerald E. (Jerry) McIlmoyle enlisted in the US Air Force and began his pilot training in November 1951. Graduating in December 1952, he flew F-86s in Korea. Next he became a flight commander and then assistant operations officer. Recruited into the U-2 program in 1957, he was an instructor pilot and standardization pilot; he logged 1319 hours U-2 pilot time. Subsequently he was a future plans officer in SAC, then in the Pentagon and subsequently the Director of the Joint Personnel Recovery Center in Southeast Asia. He was the SAC Intelligence Director of Reconnaissance during the Vietnam War. Jerry was then assigned as a Squadron Commander, Director of Operations, Base Commander, Vice Wing Commander and Wing Commander. Promoted to Brigadier General, he became SAC Plans and Policy Director, and JCS Deputy Director of Operations. His awards include DSM, 2-LOM, 2-DFC, Bronze Star, 3-AM, Command Pilot and Command Missiler. Retiring from the AF in 1981, he completed the University of VA CPA program. He is married to Patricia Ruth McBrien; they had five offspring, four living, seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. They reside in Venice, Florida and his current focus in life is charitable work and family.