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.
*MUST SEE* Fighter Jets Red Flag Exercise
Fighter Jets From All Over The Wolrd Compete In The "Red Flag Exercise "
At Nellis AFB, Nevada-VERY INTENSE!!!
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Dassault Mirage 2000 Red Flag (2013)
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Footage of the United Arab Emirates participating in Red Flag 13-2 at
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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
THE BIG GUNS come out to play at US Army artillery exercise
US Army put on a show of force The United States Army (USA) is the main
branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based
military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the
U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services. The modern army
has its roots in the Continental Army which was formed on 14 June 1775,
to meet the demands of the American Revolutionary War before the
establishment of the United States. The Congress of the Confederation
officially created the United States Army on 3 June 1784 after the
end of the Revolutionary War to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The
army considers itself to be descended from the Continental Army and thus
dates its inception from the origins of that force.
The primary mission of the army is "to fight and win our Nation's wars by
providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of
military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant
commanders." The army is a military service within the Department of the
Army, one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense.
The army is headed by the Secretary of the Army, and the top military
officer in the department is the Chief of Staff of the Army. The highest
ranking army officer is currently the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff. During fiscal year 2011, the Regular Army reported a strength of
546,057 soldiers; the Army National Guard (ARNG) reported 358,078 and the
United States Army Reserve (USAR) reported 201,166 putting the combined
component strength total at 1,105,301 soldiers.
The United States Army serves as the land-based branch of the U.S. Armed
Forces. §3062 of Title 10 US Code defines the purpose of the army
Preserving the peace and security and providing for the defense of the
United States, the Commonwealths and possessions and any areas occupied by
the United States
Supporting the national policies
Implementing the national objectives
Overcoming any nations responsible for aggressive acts that imperil the
peace and security of the United States
After the September 11 attacks, and as part of the Global War on Terror,
U.S. and NATO forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001, displacing the Taliban
The U.S. Army led the combined U.S. and allied Invasion of Afghanistan in
2001, and Iraq in 2003. In the following years the mission changed from
conflict between regular militaries to counterinsurgency, resulting in the
deaths of more than 4,000 U.S service members (as of March 2008) and
injuries to thousands more. 23,813 insurgents were killed in
Iraq between 2003--2011. The lack of stability in the theater of operations
has led to longer deployments for Regular Army as well as Reserve and Guard
The army's chief modernization plan was the FCS program. Many systems were
canceled and the remaining were swept into the BCT modernization
program. In response to Budget sequestration in 2013 the
army is planned to shrink to a size not seen since the WWII buildup.
The 2015 expenditure for Army research, development and acquisition changed
from $32 billion projected in 2012 for FY15, to $21 billion for FY15
Main article: Transformation of the United States Army
The United States Army is made up of three components: the active
component, the Regular Army; and two reserve components, the Army National
Guard and the Army Reserve. Both reserve components are primarily composed
of part-time soldiers who train once a month, known as battle assemblies or
unit training assemblies (UTAs), and conduct two to three weeks of annual
training each year. Both the Regular Army and the Army Reserve are
organized under Title 10 of the United States Code, while the National
Guard is organized under Title 32. While the Army National Guard is
organized, trained and equipped as a component of the U.S. Army, when it is
not in federal service it is under the command of individual state and
territorial governors; the District of Columbia National Guard, however,
reports to the U.S. President, not the district's mayor, even when not
federalized. Any or all of the National Guard can be federalized by
presidential order and against the governor's wishes.
The army is led by a civilian Secretary of the Army, who has the statutory
authority to conduct all the affairs of the army under the authority,
direction and control of the Secretary of Defense. The Chief of Staff
of the Army, who is the highest-ranked military officer in the army, serves
as the principal military adviser and executive agent for the Secretary of
the Army, i.e. its service chief; and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, a body composed of the service chiefs from each of the four military
services belonging to the Department of Defense who advise the President of
the United States,
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