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.
P-51 Mustangs in the air - The P-51 Mustang Video - "Sketches of Freedom"
IF YOU WANT THIS WITH NO MUSIC, BUY THE DVD. Comments about the music will
simply be deleted because they are annoying.
P-51 Mustangs in the air -
The P-51 Mustang Video
* The song is not written by Buckethead. The song is called "Arunjez".
Sorry for the error in the text of the video
If anyone got an issue with the usage of this video, do contact me and it
will be removed.
The video is in dedication, respect and admiration for all the P-51 Mustang veterans of WW2.
The video is a try to bring this beatiful plane and it' history out to a
wide audience on YouTube.
And also an attempt to gain interest in historic aviation and history.
Focke-Wulf FW 190 WWII Fighter Startup. BIG Backfire, Yow!
This is an engine startup of Rudy Frasca's new-build Flug Werk-built
Focke-Wulf FW 190 at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California. A
very impressive replica of the WWII FW-190, this aircraft was built in
Germany and was assembled by Matt Nightingale in California with quite a
few innovative features (i.e. newly designed oil coolers, for one). There
are several other of these aircraft flying today by lucky owners. Quite an
impressive aircraft, just beautifully built and it includes a number of
original WWII Focke-Wulf components. And it sounds great too! This
aircraft is flown quite often and it is currently intended for it to be
shown at the Planes of Fame's annual airshow, Oshkosh and the Reno Air
Races in 2011. Nice!
Focke Wulf 190 special german Fighter
Flying Legends - 11th and 12th July 2009
Flying Legends - two words which instantly evoke the very best of classic
aircraft displaying at Duxford in one of the world's most celebrated air
shows. The Fighter Collection and the Imperial War Museum are proud to
present the 2009 event; another unmissable fusion of power, sounds and