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Are you curious about what the U-2 spyplane can (still) do?

Asked by kevbo (25644points) March 22nd, 2010

One of my longtime friends is a U-2 pilot, which amazingly is still flying. It’s insane what this thing can do and the dangers associated with flying it. Also, the pilots can’t take a dump until they get back on the ground.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/22/business/22plane.html

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Captain_Fantasy's avatar

I hear that on a U2 spyplane, that it’s regulation to have “Where the Streets Have No Name” playing continuously.

Bluefreedom's avatar

You know what’s even cooler and better than the U-2? The SR-71 Blackbird.

kevbo's avatar

Yeah, I don’t doubt it, but it’s also not flying currently.

gorillapaws's avatar

Great and fascinating article, thanks for the link.

kevbo's avatar

@gorillapaws, you’re welcome… they don’t mention that it lands on two wheels like a bicycle. A chase vehicle has to talk it down for the last few feet until it lands.

Bluefreedom's avatar

From what I’ve been told by some of my fellow Air Force members, the chase vehicles are driven by U-2 pilots talking to the pilot landing the plane.

Bugabear's avatar

Why bother with that ancient thing. Reapers are where it’s at. They did however take a lot of skill to fly. Also didn’t they wear adult diapers in case nature called?

mammal's avatar

@Captain_Fantasy perhaps Pride (in the name of Love) should be broadcast to all military radio frequencies, until people get the point or so sick of Bono they go AWOL.

ucme's avatar

I hear it still hasn’t found what it’s looking for.

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