I was an avionics tech with the 9th SRW from 1978 to 1981 and the an instructor from 1985 to 1987. One of the best gigs in the Air force at that time. Beale was a VIP show stop and everything there was top shelf. There were SR-71s, U-2/TR-1s, T-38s and KC-135Qs. Q model tankers were fitted with boom interphone for radio free communication after hook up, secure comm/nav and of course a belly full of JP-7. They always flew in pairs so if one aborted there was always a backup. The squadron of T-38s allowed the sled drivers to keep their flying hours up because there was only one, sometimes two SR sorties a day flown out of Beale. U-2s are also impressive in their own way. Elegant and simple. The opposite and compliment of the SR. As a maintainer I preferred the Dragonlady. The 9th was a very close-knit group of people and I had some of the best times of my life while associated.