Airmen, aircraft support California wildfire efforts

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | October 25, 2007

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s U-2 and RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft have been tasked to collect high-altitude imagery of the wildfires in southern California.

Flying in support of U.S. Northern Command’s southern California mission, both the U-2 and Global Hawk are collecting imagery to provide intelligence on the current status of the affected region.

Today, a Beale U-2 flew a six-hour mission ending at about 3:10 p.m. An RQ-4 provided additional support.

Team Beale has provided humanitarian support in the past when called upon, and our Airmen remain trained and prepared to help our Southern California neighbors in any way we can.