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The obvious and popular answer would be the U-2 created by Kelly Johnson at the Lockheed Skunk Works which first flew in 1955. They were called the "Dragon Lady" and flew at about 70,000 feet which was believed to be out of harms way. Francis Gary Powers proved that to be incorrect when he was shot down over the Soviet Union on 1 May 1960. The U-2 has outlasted it replacement called the "Blackbird" which was even bor the Intelligence Community and the Air Force a very over-priced , Mach 3 ,"Toy". The U-2 Fleet is expected to be out of service by 2012.

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Most agree it was the Lockheed U-2. It depends on how you define "high altitude".

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