Gizmodo describes this image as “A Photo of the Most Elite Pilots on Earth Looking Incredibly Badass,” and I think that’s pretty accurate. In case you’re not familiar with the aircraft, here’s the US Air Force’s description:
As you know, U-2 pilots are now the highest flying humans in the world (70,000+ feet) with the exception of the individuals in the ISS now that the NASA shuttle program has ended.
Pictured are 14 of a total of about 80 pilots currently qualified on the U-2. Less people have flown the U-2 than there are people with Super Bowl rings.