Pssst, wanna get high?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by rufus, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. rufus

    State of Jefferson
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    Copied from another forum, found it interesting and thought you might too...


    Hitch a ride on the U-2 at 70,000 feet!

    You can see why the U-2 is considered the most difficult plane in the world to fly. Each pilot has a co-pilot, who chases the plane on the runway in a sports car. Most of the cars are either Pontiac GTOs or Chevrolet Camaros — the Air Force buys American. The chase cars talk the pilot down as he lands on bicycle-style landing gear.

    In that spacesuit, the pilot in the plane simply cannot get a good view of the runway. Upon takeoff, the wings on this plane, which extend 103 feet from tip to tip, literally flap. To stabilize the wings on the runway, two pogo sticks on wheels prop up the ends of the wings.

    As the plane flies away, the pogo sticks drop off. The plane climbs at an amazing rate of nearly 10,000 feet a minute. Within about four minutes, you are at 40,000 feet, higher than any commercial airplane. This flight kept going up to 13 miles above the Earth's surface.

    You get an incredible sensation up there. As you look out the windows, it feels like you're floating, it feels like you're not moving, but you're actually going 500 mph.. The U-2 was built to go higher than any other aircraft. In fact today, more than 50 years since it went into production, the U-2 flies higher than any aircraft in the world with the exception of the space shuttle.

    It is flying more missions and longer missions than ever before — nearly 70 missions a month over Iraq and Afghanistan, an operational tempo that is unequaled in history. The pilots fly for 11 hours at a time, sometimes more than 11 hours up there alone. By flying so high, the U-2 has the capability of doing reconnaissance over a country without actually violating its airspace. It can look off to the side, peering 300 miles or more inside a country without actually flying over it. It can "see" in the dark and through clouds.

    It can also "hear," intercepting conversations 14 miles below. The U-2, an incredible piece of history and also a current piece of high technology, is at the center of the activity in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Enjoy the ride on the Lockheed U-2. Click the link below, and be sure to switch it up to full screen.

    Breathtaking spy plane footage. [VIDEO]
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  2. DeletedUser1

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    great video!!!! would change mind as well!
  3. teflon97239

    Portland, OR
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    So it's not enough that we get to watch this character on TV driving the most exotic cars on earth??? Lucky b*stard I say.

    That is a real find Rufus, thanks for sharing!

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