U-2 Dragon Lady Returns to Beale Skies

(Courtesy Photo)

The nose of a U-2 Dragon Lady displays a tribute to Lt. Col. Ira S. Eadie, former 1st Reconnaissance Squadron U-2 pilot, on the flightline at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016. The nose art was flown today over Beale as the first launched U-2 since Eadie passed away during an aircraft crash Sept. 20, 2016. The history of nose art on aircraft dates back to World War I and has since been a tradition meant to boost morale and remember fallen service members. (US Air Force courtesy photo)

A U-2 Dragon Lady takes off signifying the return to normal flying operations Sept. 23, 2016, at Air Force Base, California after an incident near the Sutter Buttes Sept. 20, 2016. Beale Air Force Base will continue providing high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

A U-2 Dragon Lady from the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron takes off to signify the return to normal flight operations at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016. Local flight operations were halted during the week to respond to a U-2 crash in the Sutter Buttes near the installation. The 1RS will continue to provide high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

Members of Team Beale gather near the flightline to witness the return of the U-2 Dragon Lady to normal flying operations after an incident near the Sutter Buttes, Sept. 23, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The relaunch of the U-2 took place at 9:01 a.m.; the significance of the nine as the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and the one as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo/ 1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

Members of Team Beale gather near the flightline to witness the return of the U-2 Dragon Lady to normal flight operations after an incident near the Sutter Buttesat Beale Air Force Base, Calif. , Sept. 23, 2016.The relaunch of the U-2 took place at 9:01 a.m.; the significance of the nine as the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and the one as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

A U-2 Dragon Lady flies over Beale Air Force Base after resuming operations Sept. 23, 2016. Following a U-2 incident this week flying operations for the aircraft at Beale were put on hold while the installation responded to the incident. Global U-2 flying operations were not impacted as a result of the incident and pilots and maintainers continued to support commanders with high-altitude ISR. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

A U-2 Dragon Lady from the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron flies over Beale Air Force Base, Calif. after resuming operations Sept. 23, 2016. Flying operations were put on hold while the installation investigated a U-2 crash in the Sutter Buttes near the installation. Global U-2 flying operations were not impacted as a result of the incident. Pilots and maintainers continued to support commanders with high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

Members of Team Beale gather near the flightline to witness the return of the U-2 Dragon Lady to normal flying operations after an incident near the Sutter Buttes, Sept. 23, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The relaunch of the U-2 took place at 9:01 a.m.; the significance of the nine as the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and the one as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo/ 1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

Members of Team Beale gather near the flightline to witness the return of the U-2 Dragon Lady to normal flight operations after an incident near the Sutter Buttesat Beale Air Force Base, Calif. , Sept. 23, 2016.The relaunch of the U-2 took place at 9:01 a.m.; the significance of the nine as the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and the one as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

A T-38 Talon takes off Sept. 23, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base. The T-38 flew in a formation to honor the pilot who died during a U-2 Dragon Lady incident that took place near the Sutter Buttes Sept. 20, 2016. Today's flights signified the U-2 returning to normal flying operations locally. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

A T-38 Talon from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing takes off at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016. The T-38 flew in a formation to honor the pilot who died during a U-2 Dragon Lady incident that took place near the Sutter Buttes Sept. 20, 2016. Today's flights signified the U-2s from the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron returning to normal flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Team Beale resumed normal flight operations after launching two U-2 Dragon Ladies here, Sept. 23.

The 1st Reconnaissance Squadron halted local flight operations earlier in the week to investigate a U-2 crash that took place near the Sutter Buttes, Sept. 20.

The two aircraft launched were flown by the 1RS and 99th Reconnaissance Squadron. They took flight at 9:01am to signify the unity of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and the 1st RS.

Lt. Col. Steve S. Eadie was assigned to the 1st RS when his aircraft crashed during a routine training mission shortly after takeoff on Tuesday.

"We took a pause from flying the U-2 locally over the last 72 hours in response to Tuesday's incident," said Col. A.J. Werner, 9th Operations Group commander. "While we did not halt U-2 missions globally over that period, we [needed] to take care of our family here at Beale AFB."

Four T-38 Talons launched after the U-2s to form a four-ship formation. The T-38s flew in formation to honor the deceased pilot.

"This morning, we safely put the Dragon Lady back in the air over Northern California," said Col. Werner. "I have the utmost confidence in our pilots, maintainers, support personnel and aircraft. Today's return to operations provides a powerful statement, and I am immensely proud to be part of this wing and community."

The 9th Reconnaissance Wing will continue its mission of training U-2 pilots and providing high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to the United States.