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Global U-2 Flying Operations Not Impacted by recent crash

A U- 2 Dragon Lady approaches an altitude near 70,000 ft. above California, Mar. 23, 2016. The pilot must wear a full-pressure suit similar to NASA astronaut suits. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

A U- 2 approaches an altitude near 70,000 feet above California, March 23, 2016. Worldwide flying operations for the U-2 have not been impacted as a result of a recent crash at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

Staff Sgt. Jason Creese, 9the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron U-2 Dragon Lady dedicated crew chief, guides a U-2 Dragon Lady to park June 7, 2016, at Royal Air Force Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. The jet was met by an en route recovery team (ERT) in England to transition aircraft from and to Beale Air Force Base, California, and forward operating locations (FOL). The ERT is used like a pit crew at the midway point in Fairford, ensuring the aircraft are prepared to make it to their next destination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ramon A. Adelan)

Staff Sgt. Jason Creese, a 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron U-2 crew chief, marshals a U-2 on June 7, 2016, at Royal Air Force Fairford, England. Worldwide flying operations for the U-2 have not been impacted as a result of a recent crash at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ramon A. Adelan)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Worldwide flying operations for the U-2 have not been impacted as a result of a recent crash here on Sept. 20.

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 globally by highly trained pilots.

As a result of the crash, Beale Air Force Base put a hold on local flying training missions in order to respond to the incident. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing intends to return to normal flying operations 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 (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and delivering that decision advantage to combatant commanders,” said Col. Larry Broadwell, the 9th RW commander.

The aircraft crash is currently under investigation.

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