Istres

January 4th 1996 U-2's left OL-UK RAF Fairford for OL-FR Le Tube Air Base at Istres, Southern France. The move cut two hours off their round trip time and double the amount of time they spent gathering both electronic and photo intelligence data over Bosnia

Due to repair work on the main runway at Istres operations were temporarily transferred to Aviano Italy

In 1999 U-2's moved from Istres to OL-IT Sigonella


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99th Ex Reconn Sq (P)
European U-2 Operations
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4600 Airbase Sq (P)
European U-2 Operations
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4600 Air Base Sqn
European U-2 Operations
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4600 Airbase Sq (P)
Operation Iraqi Freedom
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One of the few pics available of a U-2 at Istres