[Ed. – We only have about two dozen U-2s in the operational inventory, maybe half of which are in a state of full or partial readiness under budget sequestration conditions. This will hurt, even beyond the tragic loss of the pilot.]
One pilot died and another was injured after they ejected from a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane that crashed in Northern California Tuesday, an Air Force spokesman confirmed.
The aircraft crashed in Sutter County. 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.