How about a ride in the U-2? If interested, you might wish to read this
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You can see why
the U-2 is considered the most difficult plane in the world to fly. Each pilot
has a co-pilot, who chases the plane on the runway in a sports car. Most of the
cars are either Pontiac GTOs or Chevrolet Camaros the Air Force buys American.
The chase cars talk the pilot down as he lands on bicycle style landing gear.
In that spacesuit, the pilot in the plane simply cannot get a good view of
the runway. Upon takeoff, the wings on this plane, which extend 103 feet from
tip to tip, literally flap. To stabilize the wings on the runway, two pogo
sticks on wheels prop up the ends of the wings.
As the plane flies away, the pogo sticks drop off. The plane climbs at an
amazing rate of nearly 10,000 feet a minute. Within about four minutes, I was at
40,000 feet, higher than any commercial airplane. We kept going up to 13 miles
above Earth's surface.
You get an incredible sensation up there. As you look out the windows, it
feels like you're floating, it feels like you're not moving, but you're actually
going 500 mph.. The U-2 was built to go higher than any other aircraft. In fact
today, more than 50 years since it went into production, the U-2 flies higher
than any aircraft in the world with the exception of the space shuttle.
It is flying
more missions and longer missions than ever before nearly 70 missions a month
over Iraq and Afghanistan , an operational tempo that is unequaled in history.
The pilots fly for 11 hours at a time, sometimes more than 11 hours up there
alone. By flying so high, the U-2 has the capability of doing reconnaissance
over a country without actually violating its airspace. It can look off to the
side, peering 300 miles or more
country without actually flying over it. It can "see" in the dark and through
It can also "hear," intercepting conversations 14 miles below. The U-2, an
incredible piece of history and also a current piece of high technology, is at
the center of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ..
Enjoy the ride! Lockheed U-2 Take A Ride in a Spy Plane, Click the link