A Lockheed U-2 pilot, assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., prepares for takeoff with the help of his maintainers and fellow U-2 pilots at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The U-2 pilot must wear a full pressure suit similar to those worn by astronauts due to the high altitudes they’re able to reach in their aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Bailee A. Darbasie)

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Photo by: Airman 1st Class Bailee A. Darbasie |  VIRIN: 181212-F-FM571-008.JPG