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Pilot Maj. Jon “Huggy” Huggins, EAA 562929, is scheduled to fly the U-2 to EAA AirVenture. The aircraft, one of just 33 that exist - including five two-seat trainers and two ER-2 models operated by NASA - is based at Beale Air Force Base in California.
Skids made of titanium are located on the bottom of each wing tip to protect the "heavy" or downed wing, which occurs because without the pogos in place (which are left behind on the ground when the aircraft lifts-off) the aircraft tips to one side once it has slowed down sufficiently during landing. The ground crew installs a pogo in the "light" or up wing first while the other crew members use their weight to pull down the light side. Then two of the crew push up the heavy wing, allowing a third crew member to install a pogo on the other side
Originally posted by DocMoreau
PS... I thought Chico was a municipal airport, why would the Air Force use it to practice takeoffs with a spy plane?