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A U-2 Dragon Lady assigned to 5th Reconnaissance Squadron prepares to land at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. The U-2 is one of two planes in the U.S. Air Force that the wheels are in a bicycle configuration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

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A U-2 Dragon Lady assigned to 5th Reconnaissance Squadron descends to land at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. While driving the chase cars, U-2 pilots aid the pilot flying the Dragon Lady by radioing altitude and runway alignments during take offs and landings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

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Airmen from the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron run to place pogo supports under the wings of the U-2 Dragon Lady during a landing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. Maintainers play a more involved role in the departure, landing and recovery of the U-2 than any other aircraft in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

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Airman 1st Class Tran Patrick, 5th Reconnaissance Squadron aircraft fuels apprentice, prepares the plane for the pogo support to be placed at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. Pogo sticks are approximately four-foot long, spring aluminum devices that help the U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft balance its 105-foot wing span while on the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

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Airman 1st Class Chambers Deshaun, 5th Reconnaissance Squadron avionics technician, left, and Senior Airman Chavarria Eliano, 5th Reconnaissance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, pull the wing of the U-2 Dragon Lady down to level out the plane at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. The pogo team follows behind the U-2 during every launch and landing to clean up and install the pogos which help the U-2 maneuver easier while on the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

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Airman 1st Class Chambers Deshaun, 5th Reconnaissance Squadron avionics technician, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. Pogo crews launch, recover and maintain the Dragon Lady and it's pogos, which are temporary landing gears used to stabilize the aircraft when it takes off and lands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

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Pogo sticks are approximately four-foot long, spring aluminum devices at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

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A U-2 Dragon Lady plane assigned to the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron taxis on the flightline at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. Pogo supports that rest underneath each wing are designed to keep the plane level during taxiing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

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A sweater shirt with the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron logo the "Blackcats" at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

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Airman from the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron puts the U-2 Dragon Lady into a hanger for the night at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. The U-2 delivers critical imagery and signals intelligence to decision makers throughout all phases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- A U-2 Dragon Lady assigned to 5th Reconnaissance Squadron prepares to land at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 12, 2021. The U-2 is one of two planes in the U.S. Air Force that the wheels are in a bicycle configuration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)