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Ride to the Edge of Space in a U2 Spy Plane

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U2 Flight

Amazing video (embedded below) of James May from Top Gear taking a ride to the edge of space (70K feet) in a U2 Spyplane.  The flight suit looks like that of an astronaut and plane looks like a menacing bird.  It’s 100 foot wingspan is balanced by inline wheels when landing.  The entire system is from the 1950′s.  At one point James realizes that he and his pilot are the highest people in the world except for a few astronauts on the International Space Station.  Quite stunning.  I can’t wait until we can take trips to edge of our atmosphere.  It’s not far off my fellow engineers and space enthusiasts.

Also check out this amazing video where Toshiba sent a chair to the upper atmosphere for a commercial.

How much would you pay for a trip like this?

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2 Responses

  1. Ryan says:

    Is it possible for a civilian to get a ride in the U2 spy plane and if so what would it take?

  2. Ryan says:

    Is it possible for a civilian to get a ride in the u-2 spy plane and if so what would it take?

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