Chris Pocock is a British writer, specialising in defence aerospace. He was the defence editor of AVIATION INTERNATIONAL NEWS for many years until July 2018. He also lectures and writes about intelligence-gathering during the Cold War, particularly by spyplanes.
His interest in the U-2 Dragon Lady started in the early 1970s with a visit to Davis-Monthan AFB, which was then the home of the US Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady wing. In 1989, his first book DRAGON LADY – A HISTORY OF THE U-2 SPYPLANE was published to favorable reviews, especially from members of the US airborne reconnaissance community.
So he continued to follow the history and current operations of this remarkable aircraft. He helped to ensure that an original U-2C model and B-camera were preserved and transferred to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, UK. In 1997, he became the first-ever foreign civilian to fly in the U-2 Dragon Lady. His largest book, 50 YEARS OF THE U-2, was published in 2005 to mark the aircraft’s golden anniversary. The CIA Historian described him as “today’s foremost authority on the U-2 and its development.”