How to Land a U-2 Spy Plane 

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The SR-71 was a fascinating spy plane, but the grandfather of them all is the U-2. The U-2 actually outlasted the SR-71, which was originally intended to be its replacement. The linked article discusses the chase cars which followed the U-2 to assist it in landing.

A summary of how to land a U-2 spy plane:

  • Slow down, fly down to the deck at around 140 mph.

  • Have chase cars drive on runway, hauling ass behind you and offering radio advice.

  • Land plane in polite, controlled crash.

  • Don’t screw up.


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