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!!!
Here's the link to the full length feature, enjoy!!
Red Flag V2 Raw & Uncut http://youtu.be/1HX0-nL044U
Aerobatics warm up for 2011 season, by Diana GS
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Music: Strength of thousand men by Two Steps from Hell
Wild Fly - Mirage 2000 Low Level in Morocco
Another sequence of ultra low desert flying. This time with two French
Dassault Mirage 2000 fighter jets in Morocco. Also a short sequence with a
Moroccan Mirage F1 at the beginning.
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