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  • Training the Nation's Future Fleet of U-2 Pilots

    History was made July 31, 2020 when U.S. Air Force retired Lt. Col. Jonathan Huggins, 1st Reconnaissance Squadron U-2 instructor, became the first civilian instructor in the U-2 program to fly solo.Huggins retired on Sep. 26, 2014 and has served as a U-2 pilot instructor for 15 of the 18 years he’s been flying the U-2 as an active duty pilot.
  • U-2 Dragon Lady supports U.S, NATO objectives

    The U-2 Dragon Lady assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, Calif. is currently deployed to RAF Fairford as part of the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron. The aircraft supplements a variety of missions that enhance regional and global security in support of U.S. and NATO allies and regional partners.
  • Making history, reserve pilot flies the U-2 for the first time

    For the first time in Air Force history and the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, reservist Maj. Jeffrey Anderson, 99th Reconnaissance Squadron pilot, qualified to fly the U-2 Dragon Lady.
  • Global U-2 flying operations not impacted by recent crash

    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
  • U-2 crashes near Sutter Buttes

    An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady crashed shortly after takeoff at approximately 9:05 a.m. Sept. 20 near the Sutter Buttes.One pilot is confirmed deceased, while the other sustained injuries.The aircraft was assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, and was on a training mission. Two pilots were on board and ejected from
  • U-2 returns to Red Flag

    The U-2 returns to Red Flag after more than 20 years.
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