Recce Town USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Recce Town USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby MigF4 on Mon 15 Mar 2010, 9:56 am

Hi gents,

here are some first impressions from my visit to the "RECCE TOWN USA" @ Beale AFB in California last October 2009.
It was a dream from me to get close to U-2 operations and finally my dream come true Oct. 5/6... the U-2 is still a mystic plane for so many people around the globe...
And after the story was already published in Combat Aircraft Monthly , issue Volume 11 Number 2, with a 12-pages feature its time to share also some further images with u guys....

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"Dragon Lady"

At any given moment, day or night, USAF U-2 reconnaissance aircraft are maintaining watch from on high. The Lockheed U-2 remains a vital asset for the US and one that they can’t afford to say goodbye to just yet as Michael Balter discovers - PLUS FREE POSTER


At any given moment, day or night, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, there is probably a U-2, "Dragon Lady" , aircraft from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing (RW) flying an operational reconnaissance mission somewhere in the world.

Beale is located in northern California about 10 miles east of the towns of Marysville and Yuba City and about 45 miles north of Sacramento, which is the state capital.
U-2 pilots are trained at Beale using five two-seat aircraft designated as TU-2S before deploying for operational missions, that the reason why they are rotating to operational detachments worldwide.
Unfortunately the future for the "Dragon Lady" will be comming closer and closer, as the RQ-4 Global Hawk is already in the house.
The Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk is an unmanned aerial vehicle used by the United States Air Force as a surveillance aircraft. In role and design, the Global Hawk is similar to the Lockheed U-2, the venerable 1950´s spy plane.

I was also able to do an awesome nightshooting as well @ Beale, with a mighty "Dragon Lady" acting as my model. Thanks to all the people who made that happend and help to set-up the nightshooting...thanks for all your support! :clap: :clap:

Especially when you are rewarded with great sunny conditions in sunny California, under a crispy sky and with lots of "Spyplanes" deaparting into that sunny sky, what u like to get more - yes, one "Dragon Lady" during a nightshooting..... :drool:
But it can be even better, when u are able to sit in one of there Mustang´s or GTO´s and do a "Chasing the Dragon", man that was fun, we did a couple of them.
That was so incredible to follow the Dragon lady and take also pictures at the same time...I did never follow an a/c on too the active with that speed and taking pictures too :yahoo:
Ok enough for now, let tell the pictures the rest of the story...... hope you enjoy them, and comments & critiques are more as welcome.

More to come...stay tuned

Cheers
Mick

Welcome to Beale AFB - Home of the "DRAGON LADY"

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Recce Town USA

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TDY in Southern Asia - nope, we are still in Beale.....

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I miss those Blackbirds.....one is seen here as a gateguard

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Chasing the Dragon.....with two GTO´s

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Fasten your seatbelt we gonna rock the house.....

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T-38 Trainer a/c resting on the a sunny apron during sunset.....

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Side-by-side with the mighty "DRAGON LADY"

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Thumbs-Up by the pilot....

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What a wing-span....

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Sunshed by Night.....

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DRAGON LADY @ Night

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Cheers,
Mick

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Re: RECCE TOWN USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby chrisward123 on Mon 15 Mar 2010, 10:36 am

Absolutely Stunning Shots :clap: :clap: 3 shot and Last for me!
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Re: RECCE TOWN USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby redskin301 on Mon 15 Mar 2010, 12:55 pm

some fantastic images Mick :clap: :clap:
Kind regards,

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Re: RECCE TOWN USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby SamP on Mon 15 Mar 2010, 2:15 pm

The U2 is my all-time favourite aircraft & yes, I have the poster from that issue of CAM on my bedroom wall! Absolutely stunning set, so so so jealous of you :clap: :clap:
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Re: Recce Town USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby SW man on Mon 15 Mar 2010, 7:20 pm

Superb shots. Do training flights not take the pilots to the usual flight levels reached on missions. I notice the back seaters are only wearing normal helmets/oxy masks.

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Re: Recce Town USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby A380-001 on Mon 15 Mar 2010, 7:26 pm

absolutely Stunning pics
I love the U-2 and photos like yours make it better
top stuff :clap: :biggrin:

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Re: Recce Town USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby Dustyman73 on Tue 16 Mar 2010, 2:31 am

These are some very nice shots of my old workplace! Even though I saw this stuff everyday for nearly two years, I never got tired of it!
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Re: Recce Town USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby MigF4 on Tue 16 Mar 2010, 12:29 pm

Thanks for your comments and interest in that "DRAGON LADY" feature, which was a great success for everyone, who was involved!

Here are some more goodies, so u can enjoy a few more impressions from a nice spot - HOME OF THE DRAGON...

Cheers
Mick

Another breathtaking moment during my nightshooting was this moment, when I´ve looked on my screen and saw this moment captured on my card

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Landing check complete...

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Catch the Dragon Lady - that was fun...at least for us in the second GTO

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Is that close enough for taking pictures - u bet!

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2 in 1....we can see two U-2´s flying pattern that morning....

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Guess were we at...yep, "BB" stands for Beale AFB

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Some details....

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One of the ´Pogo´s" is falling away during t/off - ,an thats a noisy a/c....even u have earplugs in during a "open shooting" through the side-window...

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Touch-down....

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Have a seat....

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My "photo-ship".....

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Mythtical Dragon at Night

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Sunset over Beale ... luckily not yet for the "DRAGON LADY"

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Cheers,
Mick

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Re: Recce Town USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby NASNI4 on Tue 16 Mar 2010, 4:42 pm

What a fantastic set! Wonderful images of a super aircraft and those evening shots are out of this world super! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Recce Town USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby lozza on Tue 16 Mar 2010, 5:22 pm

Fantastic report and images

lozza
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Re: Recce Town USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby RichPittman on Tue 16 Mar 2010, 5:29 pm

Lovely selection Mick :clap:
Always remember "If you cannot turn tight...you cannot fight!"
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Re: Recce Town USA - Home of the Dragon Lady-Beale AFB

Postby F-86 on Tue 16 Mar 2010, 6:15 pm

Good work, love the evening shots. :clap: :clap:
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