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Two U-2 reconnaissance aircraft are currently operated by NASA. The ER-2s, as they are called, provide invaluable Support observing celestial, atmospheric and oceanic processes. The aircraft are also often used for satellite calibration.
During the Cold War, the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron called the English air base at Alconbury home. It at the time operated the tactical surveillance version of the otherwise strategically utilized and equipped U-2, designated TR-1. The unit took part in the Gulf War starting in 1991, one of the TR-1s main tasks being the finding of Scud rocket launch facilities.