by Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic, Defense Media Activity Air Force Production
edited by Meredith March, Defense Media Activity Air Force Production
On Tuesday, March 12th, we participated in a bloggers roundtable with a U-2 pilot, whose name is being withheld, who discussed the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron‘s history, centennial anniversary and U-2 mission.
The 1st RS, based at Beale Air Force Base, is the military’s oldest flying unit.
Despite a number of name and mission changes over the years, the squadron, which was established on March 5, 1913, remains a fixture of United States Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The squadron is the training unit for the Air Force U-2 program.
Originally called the 1st Aero Squadron, the 1st RS has flown 47 different airframes while being stationed at 52 locations throughout the world.