Take A Ride In A U2 Spy Plane
(Submitted by Barbara Anable)
This one runs about ten minutes….
Ride a spy plane. See the world at 30,000, 40,000, 50,000, 60,000 and finally at 70,000 feet.
From 70,000 feet you look down 35,000 feet at a jetliner passing below at its normal cruising altitude of 35,000 ft.
Turn up your sound and expand your picture. Only the International Space Station is higher.
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. 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.
My Comment: It’s amazing to me that, after a ride like that, a man can make a statement like the second to the last sentence uttered in the video.