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Day in the life of a U-2 crew chief

By Senior Airman David Owsianka
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

U-2 crew chiefImagine working on something worth approximately $60 million and being responsible for the safety of another person’s life. For the crew chiefs of the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, that’s just another day at work as they repair and maintain U-2 Dragon Ladies to ensure the squadron’s pilots can safely complete their reconnaissance and surveillance missions.

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Bloggers roundtable: 100 years of flying

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.

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Listen to the audio from the roundtable (MP3).

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.

Check out Airman magazine features on the 1st RS and the U-2 mission.