Wed, Jun 22, 2005
Freedom Has A High Price
ANN REAL TIME NEWS -- 1015 EDT The Air Force
reported that a U-2 reconnaisance aircraft has crashed in southwest
Asia after completing a mission in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom. The name of the pilot is being withheld pending
notification of next of kin. He was assigned to the 380th Air
"The Airmen of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing mourn the loss
of a true American hero in the service of his country," said Col.
Darryl Burke, 380th AEW commander.
The Air Force has not released the location or the circumstances
of the crash that occurred in a forward deployed location in the
early hours of June 22nd. An Air Force spokesman confirmed to ANN
that the aircraft was on the final leg of its mission and returning
to base when the crash occurred.
The site has been secured for the safety of the public, and a
board will conduct an investigation.
The U-2 Dragon Lady is a high-flying aircraft that has been in
use for 50 years. They came to the forefront of public attention
when Gary Powers was shot down in 1960.
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