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James May Flies With A U2

Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:50 am

Don't know whether or not this has been posted before but I just received a link to a breathtaking video.

James May got a ride in a U2 all the way up to 70.000ft.
Awesome footage.

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RE: James May Flies With A U2

Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:36 pm

Awesome, what a treat to get a ride in the U-2T.
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RE: James May Flies With A U2

Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:52 pm

This program was shown first on the BBC last year, as part of the extensive programming celebrating 40 years since Apollo 11.
James May flew on the U-2 since along with the need to wear a pressure suit - the early U-2's also in effect prototyped the operational spacesuits which the Mercury program used, as well as being the only way to get the nearest to space without riding a rocket.

Of course, once he might have gone up in a twin seater SR-71.
So not only the Space Program which cannot do what was possible 40 years ago.

Though it was a good program, nothing revelatory for enthusiasts, made up by being entertaining.

May has also been in the rear seat of the Harrier T.10 and Typhoon T.2, lucky man.
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RE: James May Flies With A U2

Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:30 am

Quoting Aviopic (Thread starter):
Don't know whether or not this has been posted before but I just received a link to a breathtaking video.

Awesome video.. but yes, this is about the third time it has been posted.


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