Global U-2 flying operations not impacted by recent crash Published Sept. 23, 2016 By 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Flying operations worldwide for the U-2 Dragon Lady have not been impacted as a result of a recent crash here on September 20, 2016. The demand signal for the U-2 to continue supporting combatant commanders and meet national security objectives has not diminished. The aircraft continues to be flown by highly trained pilots globally. As a result of the crash, Beale put a hold on flying training missions locally in order to respond to the incident. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing intends to return to normal flying operations locally this week. “Our ability to fly missions in support of commanders has not been impacted by the recent crash. We continue to carry out our mission of providing high altitude ISR and delivering that decision advantage to combatant commanders,” said Col. Larry Broadwell, 9th RW commander. The aircraft crash is currently under investigation.