Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Skimming Earth's Atmosphere

Thanks to C-133 Crew Colleague, Carl Benedict, for the following video link.

Fasten your seat belt for a fantastic ride.

This video is a once in a lifetime experience of a British civilian 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
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.

Click on: U-2 Flight

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