Lockheed U-2 Flight - 70,000ft (2 Seat TU-2 Trainer)
If you have any questions about this vid, please have a read of these notes
It covers the most frequently asked ones.
- Yes, it's James May, aka, Captain Slow of Top Gear fame.
- No, this isn't from an episode of Top Gear. This was from a TV special
called "James May On The Moon", which was made to celebrate the 40th
Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landings. James May has made several series
that are completely unrelated to Top Gear.
- The music is called "Flight" performed by Ty Unwin especially for this
I'm sad to say that it is not currently available on its own.
- The chase cars on take off and landing are a standard part of U-2
operations. They are there to assist the pilot, especially on landing.
A combination of fragile and unstable rear landing gear, the aircrafts
reluctance to descend and a high approach attitude that gives the pilot
poor visibility of the ground has made the U-2 very difficult to land and
so another U-2 pilot follows behind in the chase car to quite literally
talk them down for the last few feet.
A fair word of warning. I've been maintaining this video for over 3 years
now and my patience for bad Call of Duty and drug jokes has worn rather
Either will have a pretty high chance of being deleted and the user
When you get half a dozen of those comments a day, it becomes nothing more
Please try to keep it clean and family friendly. In the spirit of the
For clips from the training as well as some alternative scenes from the
Surely the most amazing and humbling views to be seen by any human on a
regular basis. The view from a U-2 cruising at 70,000ft as the sky above
turns black and the curvature of the Earth is visible.
Despite first flying over 50 years ago, the U-2 continues to serve in the
USAF, having outlasted its Mach 3 replacement, the SR-71 (also from
The only people to have gone gone higher on any sort of regular, day-to-day
basis were SR-71 pilots.
Emphasis on the day-to-day part.
Astronauts have, of course, gone higher still, but their missions are few
and far between.
Same goes for special one-off record setting flights such as those by the
MiG-25 prototype, F-15 Streak Eagle or any other zoom climb that exceeded
There is a special message at the end of the video that I hope can be taken
to heart by all.
Ice Formation On Aircraft (1960)
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ICE FORMATION ON AIRCRAFT
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(09/18/1947 - ?)
ARC Identifier 75096 / Local Identifier 428-MN-9487A. HOW STRUCTURAL ICE
INTERFERS WITH NORMAL FLIGHT PROCEDURES AND HOW THE HAZARD CAN BE REDUCED.
CARBURETOR AND PITOT TUBE ICING; turbo-JET ENGINE PROBLEMS; ILLUSTRATIONS OF RIME
AND CLEAR ICE, AND FACTORS SUCH AS TEMPERATURE, MOISTURE AND ALTITUDE WHICH
CONTRIBUTE TO EACH TYPE.
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Delta MD-88 Skidding on Takeoff
The pilot in command increased power too early on a sharp turn, as someone
commented " He probably misjudged the spool up time " . If you look closely
you can see that the nosegear is pointed directly at you in the skid. Which
is almost sideways.
Ice shedding on airplane wing in flight, HD Cockpit view
Here you can see the activation of very effectiv thermal wing anti ice and
the resulting ice-shedding in flight.
On this type of aircraft wing anti-ice is usually used as a de-icing device
to remove existing ice on the wing, seldom to prevent icing.
I like to remember that, even though it looks very easy to remove ice on
the wings leading edges, ice can still impose a threat to the aircraft,
especially on the engines. It cannot really bring an engine to stop, but it
still can cause some serious damage.
X-15A-2 damage after mach 6.7 flight
This 47 second movie clip shows X-15A-2 damage after a mach 6.7 flight.
The X-15 had its share of emergency landings and accidents, but only two
produced serious injuries or death. On Nov. 9, 1962, Jack McKay experienced
an engine failure and landed at Mud Lake, Nev. The landing gear collapsed,
flipping him and the aircraft on its back. Although he recovered from his
injuries sufficiently to fly again, he eventually had to retire because of
them. On Nov. 15, 1967, on Michael Adams seventh flight, he entered a spin
from which he was able to recover but could not bring it out of an inverted
dive because of a technical problem with the adaptive flight control
system. He died in the resultant crash of the X-15 number three.
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Explosion Sep 95
Tradewinds Boeing 747 Rejected Takeoff Crash
On June 7, 2006 at approximately 7:03 AM local, a Trade Winds cargo Boeing
B747-200, N922FT, overran the end of RW 18 after aborting the takeoff due
to an engine failure at Medellin - Jose Maria Cordova Airport (SKRG), Rio
Negro, Colombia. There were no injuries to the 6 crewmembers onboard. The
airplane was substantially damaged.
The METAR was wind calm visibility 7000 VCSH BKN008 SCT 080 16/14 A3037.
The investigation is being conducted by the Aeronautica Civil, Republica de
Columbia. The US NTSB is assisting the Columbian investigation under the
provisions of ICAO Annex 13.
Link to the NTSB report:
6/7/2006 / Rio Negro, Colombia
Boeing 747-200 / N922FT
NSCH Part 121: Air Carrier TRADEWINDS AIRLINES INC