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.
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MONSTER TRUCK US military Ultra Heavy Lift Amphibious Connector
New concept for the US Marine Corps A potential replacement for the
Marines' 20-year-old air cushioned ship-to-shore craft has foam runners and
a massive payload.
Officials with the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, in conjunction with the
Office of Naval Research, conducted a technical assessment earlier this
month with a half-scale version of the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious
Connector, a high-tech craft being developed as an option to replace the
Landing Craft Air Cushioned as a vehicle to bring troops, vehicles and gear
ashore. The UHAC has also been discussed as a replacement for the Landing
Craft Utility, another Navy ship-to-shore connector, but Warfighting Lab
officials said they were especially interested in how the UHAC stacked up
against the LCAC.
The Navy's LCACs traditionally deploy with and operate from amphibious well
deck ships and often transport Marines to and from shore as part of
training or Marine Expeditionary Unit deployments.
Unlike the LCAC, which acts as a hovercraft with an inflatable skirt, the
UHAC has air-filled tracks made out of foam that can propel it through the
water and on land. The footprint of the UHAC is significantly larger: 2,500
square feet of deck area to the LCAC's 1,800. But this means the UHAC can
handle a much larger payload. While the LCAC can carry 65 tons of gear, the
UHAC can handle 150 tons, or 190 with an overload payload.
Capt. James Pineiro, Ground Combat Element branch head for the Warfighting
Lab's Science and Technology Division, said the UHAC would be able to carry
three main battle tanks ashore, at some 60 tons apiece.
Another advantage to the UHAC, Pineiro said, is its range: 200 nautical
miles to the LCAC's 86. And unlike the LCAC, when the UHAC arrives onshore,
it can keep on going, thanks to low pressure captive air cells in the
tracks. At about a pound per square inch, the UHAC can cross mud flats and
tidal marsh areas. And the tracks can crawl over a sea wall of up to 10
feet, he said — all important features during a beach assault.
"You could look at the amphibious invasion of Inchon, during the Korean
War," Pineiro said. "there were significant mud flats there, and a 26-foot
tide difference. At low tide it went a couple of miles out. That was a
problem during the invasion of Inchon."
Where the UHAC does come up short is in water speed. Because of the drag
created by the foam tracks, it can only travel at 20 knots, half the speed
of the LCAC.
But Pineiro said he anticipated that mission commanders would be able to
work around this drawback.
"When you get into planning ops, you kind of plan for your capability," he
Officials with the project said the concept for the UHAC originated in
2008, with a goal to design an amphibious vehicle with low PSI. The Office
of Naval Research accepted a concept design for the vehicle from the
company Navatek, Inc., and the project has been in development since then,
with the construction of a half-scale demonstrator and an at-sea
demonstration in 2012.
The half-scale model is still massive at 42 feet long, 26 feet wide and 17
feet high. It was in Honolulu in early March to complete a limited
technical assessment to demonstrate its capabilities. The test, Pineiro
said, involved launching the UHAC from a simulated ship's well deck with an
internally transported vehicle aboard. The UHAC brought the vehicle to the
shore and then returned to the ship, he said.
The assessment is preparation for a larger demonstration of the UHAC's
abilities at the Advanced Warfighting Experiment, also in Hawaii, that will
take place in conjunction with the international exercise Rim of the
Pacific 2014 this summer.
"We want to make sure the UHAC can perform," Pineiro said.
Future steps following this summer's experiment remain unclear as testing
continues. But according to the Marines Seabasing Required Capabilities
Annual Report for 2013, published in December, product managers with ONR
are working with Defense Department agencies to secure funding for
"Development of a full-scale technology demonstrator is a possibility," the
Amid budget cutbacks, one feature is sure to catch the eye of acquisition
officials: because of the technology involved in constructing and operating
a UHAC, ONR estimates per-unit production and maintenance costs would be
less than half that of an LCAC, officials with the project said.
The Navy began purchasing its 91 LCACs in the early 1980s at per-unit costs
ranging from $22 million to $32 million, or between $45 and $75 million
with inflation adjusted.
WORLDS FASTEST AIRCRAFT us air force SR 71 Blackbird
Video of SR-71 high speed stealth aircraft The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird"
was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft.
It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance
aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Clarence
"Kelly" Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative
concepts. During reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds
and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a surface-to-air missile
launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate
and outfly the missile.
The SR-71 served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998. A total of 32
aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents, but none lost to enemy
action. The SR-71 has been given several nicknames, including
Blackbird and Habu. Since 1976, it has held the world record for the
fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, a record previously held by the
The SR-71 was designed for flight at over Mach 3 with a flight crew of two
in tandem cockpits, with the pilot in the forward cockpit and the
Reconnaissance Systems Officer (RSO) monitoring the surveillance systems
and equipment from the rear cockpit. The SR-71 was designed to minimize
its radar cross-section, an early attempt at stealth design. Finished
aircraft were painted a dark blue, almost black, to increase the emission
of internal heat and to act as camouflage against the night sky. The dark
color led to the aircraft's call sign "Blackbird".
On most aircraft, use of titanium was limited by the costs involved in
procurement and manufacture. It was generally used only in components
exposed to the highest temperatures, such as Exhaust fairings and the leading edges of wings.
On the SR-71, titanium was used for 85% of the structure, with much of the
rest polymer composite materials. To control costs, Lockheed used a
more easily worked alloy of titanium which softened at a lower
The challenges posed by the SR-71 led Lockheed to develop entirely new
fabrication methods to enable its manufacture, and have since been used in
the manufacture of many other aircraft. Welding the titanium requires
distilled water, as the chlorine present in tap water is corrosive;
commonplace cadmium-plated tools could not be used as they also caused
corrosion. Metallurgical contamination was another problem; at one
point 80% of the delivered titanium for manufacture was rejected on these
The high temperatures generated during flight required special design and
operating techniques. For example, major portions of the skin of the
inboard wings were corrugated, not smooth. (Aerodynamicists initially
opposed the concept and accused the design engineers of trying to make a
Mach 3 variant of the 1920s-era Ford Trimotor, known for its corrugated
aluminum skin.) The heat of flight would have caused a smooth skin to
split or curl, but the corrugated skin could expand vertically and
horizontally. The corrugation also increased longitudinal strength.
Similarly, the fuselage panels were manufactured to fit only loosely on the
ground. Proper alignment was achieved only when the airframe heated up and
expanded several inches. Because of this, and the lack of a fuel sealing
system that could handle the thermal expansion of the airframe at extreme
temperatures, the aircraft would leak JP-7 jet fuel on the runway. At the
beginning of each mission, the aircraft would make a short sprint after
takeoff to warm up the airframe, then refuel before heading off to its
Cooling was carried out by cycling fuel behind the titanium surfaces in the
chines. On landing, the canopy temperature was over 300 °C (572 °F).
The red stripes on some SR-71s were to prevent maintenance workers from
damaging the skin. Near the center of the fuselage, the curved skin was
thin and delicate, with no support from the structural ribs, which were
spaced several feet apart.
Stealth and threat avoidance
The first operational aircraft designed around a stealthy shape and
materials, the SR-71 had several features designed to reduce its radar
signature. The SR-71 had a radar cross section (RCS) of around 10 square
meters. Drawing on the first studies in radar stealth technology, which
indicated that a shape with flattened, tapering sides would reflect most
radar energy away from the radar beams' place of origin, engineers added
chines and canted the vertical control surfaces inward. Special
radar-absorbing materials were incorporated into sawtooth-shaped sections
of the aircraft's skin. Cesium-based substances were added to the fuel to
somewhat reduce the visibility of the Exhaust plumes to radar, although the large and
hot Exhaust stream produced at speed
remained quite apparent. For all this effort, Kelly Johnson later conceded
that Soviet radar technology advanced faster than the stealth technology.
WORLDS BEST us air force F-22 Stealth Aircraft
The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather
stealth tactical fighter developed for the United States Air Force (USAF).
Developed by Lockheed Martin and Boeing for the USAF's Advanced Tactical
Fighter program, the aircraft was designed primarily as an air superiority
fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack,
electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles.
The aircraft was variously designated F-22 and F/A-22 prior to formally
entering service in December 2005 as the F-22A. Despite a protracted
development and operational issues, the USAF considers the F-22 a critical
component of their tactical air power, and claims that the aircraft is
unmatched by any known or projected fighter. Lockheed Martin claims that
the Raptor's combination of stealth, speed, agility, precision and
situational awareness, combined with air-to-air and air-to-ground combat
capabilities, makes it the best overall fighter in the world today. Air
Chief Marshal Angus Houston, former Chief of the Australian Defence Force,
said in 2004 that the "F-22 will be the most outstanding fighter plane ever
The high cost of the aircraft, a lack of clear air-to-air missions because
of delays in Russian and Chinese fighter programs, a ban on exports, and
development of the more affordable and versatile F-35 led to the end of
F-22 production.[N 1] A final procurement tally of 187 operational aircraft
was established in 2009 and the last F-22 was delivered to the USAF in
The F-22 Raptor is a fifth generation fighter that is considered
fourth-generation in stealth aircraft technology by the USAF. Its dual
afterburning Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofans incorporate pitch axis thrust vectoring
with a range of ±20 degrees; each engine has a maximum thrust in the
35,000 lbf (156 kN) class. Maximum speed without external stores is
estimated to be Mach 1.82 during supercruise and greater than Mach 2 with
afterburners.[N 2] According to former Lockheed chief test pilot Paul
Metz, the Raptor has fixed-geometry inlets and has a greater climb rate
than the F-15. The F-22 is the first operational aircraft to combine
supercruise, maneuverability, stealth, and sensor fusion into a single
To withstand stress and heat, the F-22 makes extensive use of materials
such as high-strength titanium alloys and composites whose structural
weight percentages are 39% and 24% respectively. The use of internal
weapons bays allows the aircraft to maintain a comparatively higher
performance while carrying a heavy payload over most other aircraft due to
a lack of drag from external stores. It is one of only a few aircraft that
can supercruise or sustain supersonic flight without the use of
afterburners, which consume vastly more fuel; targets can be intercepted
which subsonic aircraft would lack the speed to pursuit and an
afterburner-dependent aircraft lack the fuel to reach. The F-22's
design has its engines positioned close together, so there is no room for
weapons bays on the same plane as the engines; the bays were placed around
and below inlet ducts. The inlets' twisting design adds extra weight and
recovery from stalls is complicated if thrust vectoring fails.
The F-22 is highly maneuverable at both supersonic and subsonic speeds. It
has high departure resistance, enabling it to remain controllable at
extreme pilot inputs. The Raptor's thrust vectoring nozzles allow the
aircraft to turn tightly, and perform extremely high alpha (angle of
attack) maneuvers such as the Herbst maneuver (or J-turn), Pugachev's
Cobra, and the Kulbit. The F-22 is also capable of maintaining a
constant angle of attack of over 60° while maintaining some control of
roll. The aircraft's high operating altitude also gives it a
significant advantage over legacy fighters.
The F-22's combination of speed, altitude, agility, sensor fusion and
stealth work together for increased effectiveness. Altitude, speed, and
advanced active and passive sensors allow targets to be spotted at
considerable ranges and increase weapons range. Altitude and speed also
complement stealth's effectiveness by increasing distance between the
aircraft and ground defenses and giving defensive systems less time to
The Raptor has three internal weapons bays: a large bay on the bottom of
the fuselage, and two smaller bays on the sides of the fuselage, aft of the
engine intakes. It can carry six medium range missiles in the center
bay and one short--range missile in each side bay; Four of the medium
range missiles can be replaced with two bomb racks that can each carry one
medium-size or four smaller bombs. Carrying armaments internally
maintains the aircraft's stealth and lowers drag for higher speeds and
NEW CHALLENGER to Leopard 2 and Abrams Tanks Russian T 90MS Main Battle Tank
Great tank for Russian military be interesting to see it against the
leopard 2 and Abrams tanks The T-90 is a Russian third-generation main
battle tank that is essentially a modernisation of the T-72B, incorporating
many features of the T-80U (it was originally to be called the T-72BU,
later renamed to T-90). It is currently the most modern tank in service
with the Russian Ground Forces and Naval Infantry. Although a development
of the T-72, the T-90 uses a 125mm 2A46 smoothbore tank gun, 1G46 gunner
sights, a new engine, and thermal sights. Standard protective measures
include a blend of steel, composite armour, smoke mortars, Kontakt-5
explosive-reactive armor, laser warning receivers, Nakidka camouflage and
the Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system. The EMT-7 electromagnetic pulse
(EMP) creator has been used in testing but not fitted to T-90s in active
service. It is designed and built by Uralvagonzavod, in Nizhny Tagil,
Russia. Since 2011, the Russian armed forces have ceased ordering the T-90,
and are instead waiting for the development of the Universal Combat
Platform T-99 that is expected to enter service in 2020.
The performance characteristics of the T-90MS "Tagil"
Combat weight, t 48
Crew - 3
Length with gun forward, mm 9530
Length, mm 6860
Overall width, 3460 mm
125-mm cannon 2A46M-5
Ammunition, 40 rounds
Guided weapons 9K119M "Reflex-M"
Coaxial machine gun 7.62 mm 6P7K
Ammunition, shot in 2000
Anti-aircraft machine gun 7.62 mm 6P7K with UDP (T05BV-1)
Ammunition, 800 rounds
Engine In-92S2F2, 1130, p. a.
Fuel tank capacity, l 1 200 400
Power density, n. a. / t 24
Maximum speed, km / h 60
Cruising on the highway, 500 km
Ground pressure, kgf / cm 0.98 Attention
The new 2011 made T-90MS "Tagil" the worlds best tank currently hands down.
This tank was named T-90MS on purpose to mislead NATO to believe that its
"just an upgraded T-90". While T-90 was upgraded already in 1999 the T-90A
"Vladimir" that is current Russian MBT and T-90MS "Tagil" hopefully will be
next to enter service soon. This has completely new turret and it is so
radically modified and upgraded that it is completely new tank compared to
the normal modernized T-90A it has very little in common anymore with the
normal T-90 that was made few examples in 1991 or 1993. Anyway, during
second Chechen campaign T-90A got hit up to 7 times with different RPGs,
modern and old ones and it remained in action. No T-90A tank has ever been
destroyed and that is current Russian MBT, it has the longest range of all
tanks due to its capability to launch laser guided missiles trough its
125mm smoothbore gun up to 5-6km. Just some few of the new features: T-90MS
is production version featuring new explosive reactive armor (ERA) Relikt,
new 1,250 PS (920 kW) engine, new improved turret and composite armor, new
gun, new thermal imaging Catherine-FC from Thales, an enhanced
environmental control system for providing cooled air to the fighting
compartment, integrated tactical system, satellite navigation and others.
DSHK with IR camera, and PNM Sosna-U gunner view, 7.62mm turret UDP T05BV-1
RWS, GLONASS+inertial navigation, explosive reactive armor (ERA) Relikt and
ammunition is now mounted in rear of the turret for improved crew safety
and using an improved faster
autoloader, the list could go on...etc etc etc. So really its not a "T-90"
anymore even...its a whole new different 3.5 generation tank.
The T-90's main armament is the 2A46M 125 mm smoothbore tank gun. This is a
highly modified version of the Sprut anti-tank gun, and is the same gun
used as the main armament on the T-80-series tanks. It can be replaced
without dismantling the inner turret and is capable of firing
armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS), high-explosive
anti-tank (HEAT-FS), and high explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG) ammunition,
as well as 9M119M Refleks anti-tank guided missiles. The Refleks missile
has semi-automatic laser beam-riding guidance and a tandem hollow-charge
HEAT warhead. It has an effective range of 100 m to 6 km, and takes 17.5
seconds to reach maximum range. Refleks can penetrate about 950 millimetres
(37 in) of steel armour and can also engage low-flying air targets such as
The NSV 12.7mm (12.7x108) remotely controlled anti-aircraft Heavy machine
gun can be operated from within the tank by the commander and has a range
of 2 km and a cyclic rate of fire of 700--800 rounds per minute with 300
rounds available (the NSV was replaced by the Kord heavy machine gun in the
late 1990s). The PKMT 7.62mm (7.62x54mm R) coaxial machine gun weighs about
10.5 kg while the ammunition box carries 250 rounds (7000 rounds carried)
and weighs an additional 9.5 kg.
Like other modern Russian tanks the 2A46M in the T-90 is fed by an
automatic loader which removes the need for a manual loader in the tank and
reduces the crew to 3 (commander, gunner, and driver). The autoloader can
Dassault Mirage 2000 Red Flag (2013)
Video by Senior Airman Aaron Hauser, William Lewis, Airman 1st Class Rachel
Maxwell, Staff Sgt. Colleen Urban and Airman 1st Class Rachel Webster 99th
Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Footage of the United Arab Emirates participating in Red Flag 13-2 at
Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV.
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