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Old 05-27-2010, 03:10 AM
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Since I have been layed up recovering from surgery, I have done my best to read the entire internet. Now the Doc has me on medication (prednisone) that wont let me get any sleep.
This is one of the cooler things I have come across in my browsing. Make sure to watch the embbeded videos, especially the last one with James May of Top Gear.
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While in the Army I was TDY in Korea for a month working with the Air Force...used to watch those things come in only they used pickup trucks for the chase vehicles...it was an incredible sight....
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Cool Link, thanks for that!
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ok, am I the only one that thinks that whoever ever designed the landing capabilities of that aircraft is an idiot?
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ok, am I the only one that thinks that whoever ever designed the landing capabilities of that aircraft is an idiot?
Obviously, the designer chose to sacrifice anything and everything he could to enable the craft to perform it's primary purpose. Which was, to fly higher than anything else could at the time of it's development. That fact that the U2 was developed only about 10 years after WWII is simply amazing to me. Think slide rules, trial and error with no computers or CAD/CAM capabilities available. Absolutely incredible.
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Obviously, the designer chose to sacrifice anything and everything he could to enable the craft to perform it's primary purpose. Which was, to fly higher than anything else could at the time of it's development. That fact that the U2 was developed only about 10 years after WWII is simply amazing to me. Think slide rules, trial and error with no computers or CAD/CAM capabilities available. Absolutely incredible.

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While in the Army I was TDY in Korea for a month working with the Air Force...used to watch those things come in only they used pickup trucks for the chase vehicles...it was an incredible sight....
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VERY cool stuff! Didn't realize they were still flying? I still like the SR-71's, but they have been OS for a few years - we have one at the Air Museum here in Richmond. I need to get out and see it!

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ok, am I the only one that thinks that whoever ever designed the landing capabilities of that aircraft is an idiot?

You're not the only one. Many folks who don't know squat about aerodynamics, particularly U-2s, think the same ...
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I have been involved in operations with this awesome aircraft in the 1990's overseas. Definately something to remember. At our location we used six packs (Crew Cab) pickup's as the chase vehicles. Pogo's seemed primitive but definately worked well for what they needed to do. Incredible technology!!
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Kadena?
No...spent some time there too...that's in Okinawa...we spent time in three different bases in Korea...don't remember the other two but one of them was Pusan...while in Kadena...did luck out and see a nighttime takeoff of a SR-71...those things are awesome......
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