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    U-2 Ride

    Fasten your seat belt for a fantastic ride.
    This video is a once in a lifetime experience of a British civilian, James May, getting
    a flight at over 70,000 ft. in a U-2 spy plane. Please note at the take-off
    the assist wheels on the outer edges of the wings which drop off upon
    take-off. The wings are so long that they need temporary support until
    lift-off. What is not shown is at the landing the plane actually slows to a
    small enough speed that two guys are actually able to grab the wing tips and
    put those assist wheels back on.
    The civilian getting the ride is the host of the car show Top Gear on BBC (James May)
    shown through
    Europe at 9:00 pm Sunday night in Belgium . The views are
    spectacular as the U-2 flies at altitudes which constitute "SPACE."
    Use your full screen and sound as this is a high-quality film clip, 10
    minutes long.


    U-2 Ride Video

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    Re: U-2 Ride

    Another great link from John.

    Thank you, Steve

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    Re: U-2 Ride

    Very cool... Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: U-2 Ride

    Thanks for posting. I think I'd have an epiphany after that too. Very humbling experience I'm sure and what a view!

    I used to see these fly very occasionally from the neighbouring RAF base to my house near Alconbury back in the UK. Not very elegant at all at low altitude and somehow you expect high altitude planes to look more like the SR-71 than a big glider.
    Last edited by GrahamWelland; 15th February 2010 at 15:49.

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