U-2 Dragon Lady Returns to Beale Skies

(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

A U-2 Dragon Lady takes off signifying the return to normal flying operations Sept. 23, 2016, at Air Force Base, California after an incident near the Sutter Buttes Sept. 20, 2016. Beale Air Force Base will continue providing high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

A U-2 Dragon Lady takes off signifying the return to normal flying operations Sept. 23, 2016, at Air Force Base, California after an incident near the Sutter Buttes Sept. 20, 2016. Beale Air Force Base will continue providing high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

Members of Team Beale gather near the flightline to witness the return of the U-2 Dragon Lady to normal flying operations after an incident near the Sutter Buttes, Sept. 23, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The relaunch of the U-2 took place at 9:01 a.m.; the significance of the nine as the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and the one as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo/ 1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

Members of Team Beale gather near the flightline to witness the return of the U-2 Dragon Lady to normal flying operations after an incident near the Sutter Buttes, Sept. 23, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The relaunch of the U-2 took place at 9:01 a.m.; the significance of the nine as the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and the one as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo/ 1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

A U-2 Dragon Lady flies over Beale Air Force Base after resuming operations Sept. 23, 2016. Following a U-2 incident this week flying operations for the aircraft at Beale were put on hold while the installation responded to the incident. Global U-2 flying operations were not impacted as a result of the incident and pilots and maintainers continued to support commanders with high-altitude ISR. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

A U-2 Dragon Lady flies over Beale Air Force Base after resuming operations Sept. 23, 2016. Following a U-2 incident this week flying operations for the aircraft at Beale were put on hold while the installation responded to the incident. Global U-2 flying operations were not impacted as a result of the incident and pilots and maintainers continued to support commanders with high-altitude ISR. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

Members of Team Beale gather near the flightline to witness the return of the U-2 Dragon Lady to normal flying operations after an incident near the Sutter Buttes, Sept. 23, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The relaunch of the U-2 took place at 9:01 a.m.; the significance of the nine as the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and the one as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo/ 1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

Members of Team Beale gather near the flightline to witness the return of the U-2 Dragon Lady to normal flying operations after an incident near the Sutter Buttes, Sept. 23, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The relaunch of the U-2 took place at 9:01 a.m.; the significance of the nine as the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and the one as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo/ 1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

A T-38 Talon takes off Sept. 23, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base. The T-38 flew in a formation to honor the pilot who died during a U-2 Dragon Lady incident that took place near the Sutter Buttes Sept. 20, 2016. Today's flights signified the U-2 returning to normal flying operations locally. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

A T-38 Talon takes off Sept. 23, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base. The T-38 flew in a formation to honor the pilot who died during a U-2 Dragon Lady incident that took place near the Sutter Buttes Sept. 20, 2016. Today's flights signified the U-2 returning to normal flying operations locally. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Team Beale resumed normal flying operations today after launching two U-2 Dragon Lady's following an incident that took place near the Sutter Buttes earlier this week.

The two aircraft, which launched at 9:01 a.m., were flown by the 1st Reconnaissance and 99th Reconnaissance squadrons. The purpose of launching the aircraft at that time was to signify the unity of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and the 1st RS, which was the unit Lt. Col. Steve "Shooter" Eadie was assigned to.

"We took a pause from flying the U-2 locally over the last 72 hours in response to Tuesday's incident," said Col. A.J. Werner, 9th Operations Group commander. "While we did not halt U-2 missions globally over that period, we need to take care of our family here at Beale AFB."

Due to the incident, Beale put a hold on local flying operations during the week to respond to the crash. The incident took place during a routine training mission shortly after takeoff on Tuesday.

Four T-38 Talons launched after the U-2s to form a four-ship formation. The T-38s flew in formation to honor the deceased pilot.

"This morning, we safely put the Dragon Lady back in the air over Northern California," said Col. Werner. "I have the utmost confidence in our pilots, maintainers, support personnel and aircraft. Today's return to operations provides a powerful statement, and I am immensely proud to be part of this wing and community."

Beale will continue its mission of training U-2 pilots and providing high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to the United States.