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  •  Speaking of droopy wings (18+ / 0-)

    Before the U-2 had wheels on the wing tips, when they landed there were two pickup trucks with an airman in the back of each one that would race along side the plane and place wheels on struts into the wing tips as the raced down the runway. Saw this many time at Bien Hoa. Always was fascinating.

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    by BOHICA on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:07:33 PM PST

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    •  Wow! That's crazy! (5+ / 0-)

      Who thinks of crazy stuff like that?


      by LordMike on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:36:41 PM PST

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    •  I saw that at Davis-Monthan many times. (7+ / 0-)

      The chase truck there was an El Camino (kind of a hot-rod pickup truck for those who are not geezers like me) with undoubtedly the largest engine they could get in it. They would wait at the end of the runway and then when the U-2 passed them would stomp on the gas and catch up to it about at the end of the landing roll.

      The guy with the wheels rode in the bed and jumped out when they got to the by-then slowly moving U-2, or perhaps they inserted the wheels from inside the vehicle, but eventually the formation was moving at walking speed because at one point the guys were walking beside it.

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      by billmosby on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:43:55 PM PST

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    •  It always had "pogos" under the wings.... (3+ / 0-)
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      that drop off on take-off. Now they still race down the runway on landing just to tell the pilot his altitude above the runway to help him land. They just switched to new Camaros for that purpose. All U-2's eventually received skid plates at the wing tips for landing. They just try to keep it level until it's really slow then it just falls over on it's wing tip. Then they put the pogos back under the wings and it taxis in.

      However, you can find YouTube videos of not so good U-2 landings where the skid plates are put to good use.

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      by Alumbrados on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 08:56:19 PM PST

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