Operational Gate Guard

Posted 12 March 2012
Photo by SSgt. Robert M. Trujillo

A U-2S Dragon Lady high altitude reconnaissance aircraft is flown over the main gate at Beale AFB, California, on 12 March 2012. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which has been stationed at Beale since 1966, has been flying the U-2 since 1 July 1976. Pilots from two squadrons at Beale fly the Dragon Lady: the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, the oldest squadron in the Air Force, serves as the U-2 schoolhouse; the 99th RS is the operational U-2 unit.