Pilot dies after U-2 spy plane crashes in California
In the 2015 budget, the Air Force has moved to cut the U-2 Dragon Lady - Cost per flying hour was $32,000. More
9-20-16, The aircraft crashed in Sutter County, Northern California. The U-2 was from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing stationed at nearby Beale Air Force Base, some 48 miles north of Sacramento. The pilots were taking part in a training mission, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Military officials did not initially reveal what caused the crash, release the pilots' names or any information about the condition of the surviving airman. Witnesses spotted two parachutes carrying people and a third carrying their gear, KCRA reported.
The U-2 is a high-altitude spy plane which routinely flies at 70,000 feet to take photos and intercept communications. Its pilots wear pressurized flight suit similar to astronauts. Fox News
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