Flight of a U-2 Dragon Lady Spy Plane

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  1. XXXXX

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    Getting inside the cockpit and seeing the flight of a U-2 spy plane is so damn cool. Not only because it’s such a gorgeous looking plane—it’s basically a glider with an engine attached that can take it to the stratosphere—but because it’s also such a delicate one too. We get to see it take off and do the tenuous dance of landing and see the space suit-like suit the pilot wears and the limited field of vision inside the plane and so much more. So cool.


     
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    wow i would love to see the earth like that! Super cool :up:


    EDIT: Only one person in those things?
     
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    Yep, single seater.
     
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    Wow that would be freaky cool. :hat:
     
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    Yeah, it takes a special kind of cat to fly those missions. Your entire career is spent flying all alone for hours at a time, 14+ miles above a country that you're typically not even at war with, but who has every right to shoot you out of the sky without the slightest warning.
     
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    Thanks for posting that...
     
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    You're welcome!
     
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    One of our most successful U-2 pilots

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    There was a really cool Mythbusters where they went through the training just to be a passenger in a U2 with 2 seats. I don't recall exactly but it was like a 2 week course just to go up with the pilot.
     
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    That's cool! My last job in CA was at NASA Ames Research Center and I watched that thing take off two or three times a week. Apparently they use them for research. It was LOUD and seemed to climb out nearly vertically. It was awesome to watch. Plus, I NEVER once saw it land! I assume it's because it was just gliding in and made no noise at all. I never considered that maybe it just stayed up so long that I was off work when it came in? I was told that because it only has in-line landing gear and that chase vehicles actually drive next to it and put wheels under the wings before they hit the runway. I was hoping the above video showed that, but it didn't. I also heard the same wheels hold the wings up during takeoff and the plane just lifts off of them. I've always wondered about that. I guess I just have to keep on wondering. I saw some really cool stuff working there. I love airplanes and anything to do with space, so for me it was it was a really fun place to work.
     
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