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Author Topic: 11 Minute U2 Spyplane Video  (Read 4344 times)
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« on: August 17, 2009, 04:07 PM »

Very cool for a plane that old.

Ride on a U2 spy plane
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2009, 06:53 PM »

Thanks for shaing the ride. That was cool even in video.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2009, 07:21 PM »

I saw this a few days ago, very cool
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2009, 07:35 PM »

Thanks John, for an airplane freak like me, that was very cool.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2009, 02:49 AM »

Yes very cool indeed.  Thx!
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2009, 04:00 AM »

AWESOME...
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2009, 09:43 PM »

Excellent video!

We were headed home to Travis from Japan a couple years ago about 4 am in a C-5.  We were handed off to Oakland center control and got our clearance to start descending from FL33.0
A couple minutes later, a plane called requesting FL60.0.  The controller came back chuckling and said if they could climb that high no one was up there.  The pilot called back saying he wanted to descend to 60.0.  Yeah, a U2 headed home to Beale!

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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2009, 11:21 PM »

The civilian version, the ER-2, operated off our airstrip until '97. It would go up a couple times a week at around 11AM. I'd take an early lunch and park on the edge of the runway and watch it go. Big noise, short roll, and then UP! Very impressive climb out! It's sort of like a glider with a big-ass jet engine bolted on.

I always thought about what it would be like up there...

ER-2 info:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/research/AirSci/ER-2/

Cool plane.   Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2009, 11:29 PM »

Hey Jerry,

You might be the one to ask then...

from the screen shots of the 'flight display' I can, I think, work out that it took 30 odd miles to climb the 10000 feet between 60 and 70, and that the heading was 214 at 60,000 and 138 at 70,000, but can you tell from it what the ground speed would have been?

For a non plane guy, I have to agree, that was pretty dang cool! Thanks John.


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[edit]Allan's info gave me enough info to sate my curiosity. But now I know where I want my next gift certificate to come from, 'Dryden'... Now that place has some very very cool toys Huh... Maybe for Christmas... Cool [/edit]
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2009, 01:36 AM »

They do training runs into Chico, used to have a chase car based here but they never seem to do a full landing anymore. One day I was working in the hanger when one was preparing for take off so I was keeping an eye on the action, I had turned my back for a moment when I heard the engines break idle and hit full afterburner, it was off the ground before I got turned around. They said a 500 foot roll in that vid, I think this one had become airborne in less then its own length.

They also have a tendency to fall out of the sky on a regular basis, I can think of 3 or 4 crashes in our area, one fell on the Oroville newspaper office a few years back.

Amazing airplanes still considering the 50+ year old technology, still the highest flying air breathing airplane (although the SR71 claims higher I was told by an SR71 pilot the U2 operated higher) & the most stable surveillance platform.

Kelly Johnson's Skunk Works developed some of the neatest aircraft in history, a bit of a cowboy, seat of the pants, get your hands dirty and the job done operation, the U2 was flying within a year of the contract. The follow on to the U2, the SR71 still holds the speed record and it was flying by 1962.

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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2009, 02:11 AM »

he SR71 still holds the speed record and it was flying by 1962.

Rumor has it Mach 8+ out of the Aurora...
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2009, 05:50 AM »

Very cool stuff.

Doesn't the space shuttle hold the speed record?
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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2009, 02:00 PM »

How many recall the Gary Powers incident?
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« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2009, 04:02 PM »

The plane so controversial they named a bleeding heart band after it...

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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2009, 02:50 AM »

I would've loved to had a ride on this beautiful plane I visited last week:



Cruising at Mach 2.0 at 60,000 feet must have been awesome
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