(CNN)One pilot died and another was injured Tuesday when an Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady crashed shortly after takeoff in northern California, the U.S. Air Force said.
The crash occurred about 9:05 a.m. north of Sacramento in Sutter County; TV images showed a brush fire.
The aircraft had been assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, east of Marysville, and was on a training mission.
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket According to an Air Force Space Command Factsheet, PAVE PAWS is an Air Force long-range phased-array early warning radar system designed to detect and track submarine launched and intercontinental ballistic missile attacks against the United States. The letters PAVE PAWS stands for Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry - Phased Array Warning System.
Each of the Pave Paws radars is housed in a triangular 100-foot high “pyramid-shaped” building. They began operating in 1980 from Otis AFB on Cape Cod (Massachusetts) and Beale AFB, near Marysville, California. (0.39 seconds)
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