[Photo] Five U-2 Spyplanes lined up in front of 9th RW hangar at Beale Air Force Base

Jan 07 2015 - 3 Comments

Actually, you can spot more than five U-2 Drangon Lady aircraft in this cool image

Beale Air Force Base, home of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, north of Sacramento, hosts the last U.S. Air Force’s U-2 Dragon Lady spyplanes.

The image in this post shows five of them (along with two more U-2s whose tails appear right and left of the lined aircraft) in front of one of the base hangars.

U-2s, which are often deployed across the world, require some special landing assistance by chase car driven by experienced pilot who talk their colleagues aboard the U-2s during (take off or) landing: since the pilot’s view on a Dragon Lady is obstructed by the airframe, chase cars drivers provide additional information about distance to touchdown and altitude in order to make landings less tricky.

Also based at Beale AFB are RQ-4 Global Hawks  drones, which require the same kind of landing assistance by chase cars.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force


  • MM

    I count seven if you include parts of the distinct aircraft

  • Dziban Molniya

    Surely there’s a better quality version of this image. Where did you get it?

  • Fran

    To reveal or not to reveal, that is the question? In a US that used to be dedicated to the US and its’ success, having these pictures just makes it all that greater. Now, does it lend aid to enemies? to know what we have and how? I teach History and find myself always asking questions about the past in relation to the present?