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Friday, August 13, 2010

Ride a spy plane. See the world at 30,000, 40,000, 50,000, 60,000 and finally at 70,000 feet.

Ride a spy plane.  See the world at 30,000, 40,000, 50,000, 60,000 and finally at 70,000 feet.  
From 70,000 feet you look down 35,000 feet at a jetliner passing below at its normal cruising altitude of 35,000 ft.
Turn up your sound and expand your picture.  Only the International Space Station is higher.  Really awesome...

http://www.wimp.com/breathtakingfootage
This video is a once in a lifetime experience of a British civilian getting a flight at over 70,000 ft. in a U-2 spy plane.  Please note at the take-off the assist wheels on the outer edges of the wings which drop off upon take-off.   The wings are so long that they need temporary support until lift-off.  What is not shown is at the landing the plane actually slows to a small enough speed that two guys are actually able to grab the wing tips and put those assist wheels back on.

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