In the Cold War the American Airforce used an Airplane called a U-2. It was used as a spy plane and could take photos from extreme heights. They were flown many times over Cub…a so the Americans had some idea of what the Soviet Union and Cuba were doing in Cuba at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis that nearly ended the world. On May 1st one of these was shot down and was a great embarrassment to America as they had to admit to their surveillance.\n.
\nThe Band U2 got it's name from that aircraft. U2 are named after the US Air Force spy plane (still in operation) that was extensively used during the cold war.In the 1960's Captain Gary Powers was flying one over the Soviet Union when he was shot down and imprisoned. It was the name of an American-made spyplane in the 1950's and 1960's.... In U2's early stages, there was a friend that was in a band before themselves. They asked him for some band names, and he gave them 6. They chose U2, because apparently it was the best out of all 6. They said that the name didn't pop out at them, it just started to grow on them over time. Ask Bono! (MORE)
U means Utility--a plane that can do many things. They were trying to hide the fact it's a surveillance platform. Another plane with a U in its name is the U-21, which is a B…eechcraft King Air business jet painted in military colors. (MORE)
They have performed in at least one city in every continent in the world (apart from the Antarctic). Some places include Dublin, London, Pittsburgh, Brazil, Ghana, New York, C…hicago, Sydney, Mexico, etc (MORE)