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(LA Times)   Air Force buys fleet of Camaros, chase cars that help U2 pilots land. In other news, Joe Biden has found his next job   (latimes.com) divider line 123
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2013-01-05 04:03:09 PM  
Was cool watching the TR-1 planes landing with the cars racing alongside, cooler than when the SR-71s came in with their drag chutes, IMHO.
 
2013-01-05 05:11:34 PM  
And yet, the Air Force still hasn't found what it's looking for.
 
2013-01-05 06:24:45 PM  
biatchin' Camero!
 
2013-01-05 06:25:31 PM  
Do the Camaros come with optional mullets or is it standard?
 
2013-01-05 06:26:51 PM  

KawaiiNot: biatchin' Camero!


Doughnuts on your lawn.
 
2013-01-05 06:27:51 PM  
Are they biatchin'?
/Props to Dead Milkmen.
 
2013-01-05 06:28:34 PM  
I'm surprised that Obama didn't demand Prius's.
 
2013-01-05 06:31:57 PM  

titwrench: KawaiiNot: biatchin' Camero!

Doughnuts on your lawn.


Tony Orlando and Dawn
 
2013-01-05 06:32:37 PM  

skinink: Do the Camaros come with optional mullets or is it standard?


Mine was standard with a backup in the glovebox. They're aftermarket now.
 
2013-01-05 06:32:40 PM  

skinink: Do the Camaros come with optional mullets or is it standard?


The G Forces from acceleration cause the hair to grow like that.
 
2013-01-05 06:32:56 PM  
Yeah, because only a brand new off-the-line Camaro can exceed 100 mph.  Good job making all other DOD contract officers look like assholes, Chair Force.
 
2013-01-05 06:33:07 PM  
www.blogcdn.com

Seems like it'd be a more appropriate military procurement.
 
2013-01-05 06:34:35 PM  
The U2 still flies? Like, real actual missions? Those things are older than agriculture and bronze tools.
 
2013-01-05 06:34:43 PM  
I'm glad we bought those instead of universal health care, decent infrastructure or education that doesn't turn out generations of terrifyingly stupid farktards.
 
2013-01-05 06:36:06 PM  

HotWingAgenda: Yeah, because only a brand new off-the-line Camaro can exceed 100 mph.  Good job making all other DOD contract officers look like assholes, Chair Force.


It's not that it has to exceed 100 miles per hour, it has to do it on a runway within a limited time and for a modest price. Also, politically it has to be an American car. That doesn't leave too many options.
 
2013-01-05 06:37:10 PM  

Salieri_82: The U2 still flies? Like, real actual missions? Those things are older than agriculture and bronze tools.


Pussy hasn't changed in 10,000 years. Why change what works?
 
2013-01-05 06:37:11 PM  

Salieri_82: The U2 still flies? Like, real actual missions? Those things are older than agriculture and bronze tools.


I agree, especially considering the SR-71 isn't in service anymore.
 
2013-01-05 06:37:29 PM  
LOL, they're built in Canada.

Thanks Fartbongo!
 
2013-01-05 06:37:50 PM  
No love for the Mustang?
 
2013-01-05 06:37:51 PM  

HotWingAgenda: Yeah, because only a brand new off-the-line Camaro can exceed 100 mph.  Good job making all other DOD contract officers look like assholes, Chair Force.


Can you name a stock car that's as fast as a Camaro in a straight line that's cheaper? They may be a low tech brute force approach that would get laughed at on a race track but on a runway with some one else paying for petrol they meet the spec.

/plus the purchasing officer got a free 'vette
 
2013-01-05 06:38:37 PM  
What the hell ever happened to "Give Joe the Bird", anyway?
 
2013-01-05 06:38:59 PM  
Complete and total waste of money. Now, if they were to allow me to ride along on one of these landing runs, well, I think I could change my opinion on this expenditure.
 
2013-01-05 06:39:36 PM  
if that is the case i want to get one of the gtos they used before...
 
2013-01-05 06:40:24 PM  

Shostie: And yet, the Air Force still hasn't found what it's looking for.


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-01-05 06:43:03 PM  

Suede head: I'm glad we bought those instead of universal health care, decent infrastructure or education that doesn't turn out generations of terrifyingly stupid farktards.


FTA:  The Air Force has a fleet of 33 U-2s and about 20 chase cars located across the globe.
The cars cost less than $1mil total.
 
2013-01-05 06:43:28 PM  
Bullshiat.

Biden's a Firebird man. There is no doubt.

Here is Biden, during a Senate recess in the 70s
a3.ec-images.myspacecdn.com
 
2013-01-05 06:43:51 PM  

Bslim: No love for the Mustang?


You beat me to it.

Im just glad that there exist something that resembles a car out there. The designers did a good job on the Mustang, Camero, Challenger. Charger isnt my favorite but I can see why people enjoy it. I refuse to buy something as benign and no fun as a Toyota Carolla.

No I dont intend on creating a flamewar over which one is the best and which one sucks and isnt true to the classic design. I just think they are reasonably priced and look neat.

/Drive a 12 year old Pontiac and in love with it.
 
2013-01-05 06:44:29 PM  
I had no idea U2s were still in service. Impressive.
 
2013-01-05 06:44:35 PM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: HotWingAgenda: Yeah, because only a brand new off-the-line Camaro can exceed 100 mph.  Good job making all other DOD contract officers look like assholes, Chair Force.

It's not that it has to exceed 100 miles per hour, it has to do it on a runway within a limited time and for a modest price. Also, politically it has to be an American car. That doesn't leave too many options.


Options, Corvettes, Vipers, Mustangs, Camaros, which makes me sad that there's so few options
 
2013-01-05 06:44:36 PM  
What exactly do they use the U-2 for? We have satellites and drones to do the job.
Do we really need them?
 
2013-01-05 06:47:17 PM  
Want!

/the plane, not the car
 
2013-01-05 06:47:38 PM  

Coastalgrl: Bslim: No love for the Mustang?

You beat me to it.

Im just glad that there exist something that resembles a car out there. The designers did a good job on the Mustang, Camero, Challenger. Charger isnt my favorite but I can see why people enjoy it. I refuse to buy something as benign and no fun as a Toyota Carolla.

No I dont intend on creating a flamewar over which one is the best and which one sucks and isnt true to the classic design. I just think they are reasonably priced and look neat.

/Drive a 12 year old Pontiac and in love with it.


An ex-girlfriend of mine had a Corolla. The way she drove that car, I wanted to see what she'd do behind the wheel of something more powerful. I've never seen an econobox move like that
 
2013-01-05 06:48:12 PM  
Did they go with the Camaro because a Cruze or Volt won't do 166 KPH?
 
2013-01-05 06:49:06 PM  

cig-mkr: What exactly do they use the U-2 for? We have satellites and drones to do the job.
Do we really need them?


Yes. Drones cover a much smaller area. Satellites have only limited windows of time when they're over the target area, so if you're the bad guy on the ground and don't want an activity seen, you do it during a time where there is no satellite coverage.
 
2013-01-05 06:49:40 PM  
www.bbc.co.uk
i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-01-05 06:50:12 PM  

cig-mkr: What exactly do they use the U-2 for? We have satellites and drones to do the job.
Do we really need them?


Satellites aren't as steerable - if they don't happen to be where you want them, it could take hours to get there. Drones are more detectable, can't match the altitude. U2 fits in between.
 
2013-01-05 06:50:26 PM  

StrikitRich: Did they go with the Camaro because a Cruze or Volt won't do 166 KPH?


It has more to do with acceleration than top speed.
 
2013-01-05 06:51:30 PM  

Bslim: No love for the Mustang?


This isnt the RAF, so those Aston Martin knockoffs need not apply.

Perhaps if you were talking about pre-Eurotrash Ford, you might have a point.
 
2013-01-05 06:51:53 PM  

camaroash: Coastalgrl: Bslim: No love for the Mustang?

You beat me to it.

Im just glad that there exist something that resembles a car out there. The designers did a good job on the Mustang, Camero, Challenger. Charger isnt my favorite but I can see why people enjoy it. I refuse to buy something as benign and no fun as a Toyota Carolla.

No I dont intend on creating a flamewar over which one is the best and which one sucks and isnt true to the classic design. I just think they are reasonably priced and look neat.

/Drive a 12 year old Pontiac and in love with it.

An ex-girlfriend of mine had a Corolla. The way she drove that car, I wanted to see what she'd do behind the wheel of something more powerful. I've never seen an econobox move like that


I got passed by a 4 cyl Camry that had gone to plaid the other day. I don't drive slowly either, this guy was just going a whole lot faster in a much less capable car.
 
2013-01-05 06:52:12 PM  
In the 1950s and '60s, U-2s were slow, so the Air Force could use old work trucks. But the military used El Caminos in the 1970s and 1980s. Starting in the 1990s, GTOs, G8s and Camaros took over as chase cars. The newest Camaros are being swapped in today.

psychicdeath99: StrikitRich: Did they go with the Camaro because a Cruze or Volt won't do 166 KPH?

It has more to do with acceleration than top speed.


Not always it di'int
 
2013-01-05 06:54:15 PM  

Bslim: No love for the Mustang?


It's pronounced Mustake.

/had a '66 and a '98. Never again.
 
2013-01-05 06:54:49 PM  

camaroash: Coastalgrl: Bslim: No love for the Mustang?

You beat me to it.

Im just glad that there exist something that resembles a car out there. The designers did a good job on the Mustang, Camero, Challenger. Charger isnt my favorite but I can see why people enjoy it. I refuse to buy something as benign and no fun as a Toyota Carolla.

No I dont intend on creating a flamewar over which one is the best and which one sucks and isnt true to the classic design. I just think they are reasonably priced and look neat.

/Drive a 12 year old Pontiac and in love with it.

An ex-girlfriend of mine had a Corolla. The way she drove that car, I wanted to see what she'd do behind the wheel of something more powerful. I've never seen an econobox move like that


The main issue I have with the newer cars is that home mechanics like myself cant work on them easily. My parents have a car dead in the garage at the moment because they cant afford to fix it. It needs a new tire (not a big deal, $100 tops) but it also needs a $200 air pressure sensor. It also needs a new battery (easy fix) but then the car needs to be reprogrammed which is also several hundred. I have been lucky to have some great mechanics help me out on more serious maintenance and what they charge is super cheap for the older car.

I don't do engine work but I have no problem doing easy stuff like brakes, tires, batteries, basic electric. Oil is a huge PITA so I pay someone to do it for my sanity.

I have seen corolla's move on the highways. I just want a more fun car than that. Let my friends with 2.5 kids take the minivan, I'll be in a mustang.
 
2013-01-05 06:55:19 PM  

BadReligion: Salieri_82: The U2 still flies? Like, real actual missions? Those things are older than agriculture and bronze tools.

I agree, especially considering the SR-71 isn't in service anymore.


I believe the SR-71 (which is the most beautiful piece of aircraft ever built) was a lot more expensive to operate.
 
2013-01-05 06:56:31 PM  

titwrench: Bslim: No love for the Mustang?

It's pronounced Mustake.

/had a '66 and a '98. Never again.


And Obama has stock in GM, not Ford.
 
2013-01-05 06:57:45 PM  

djslowdive: BadReligion: Salieri_82: The U2 still flies? Like, real actual missions? Those things are older than agriculture and bronze tools.

I agree, especially considering the SR-71 isn't in service anymore.

I believe the SR-71 (which is the most beautiful piece of aircraft ever built) was a lot more expensive to operate.


Well that explains it then. I agree on the absolute beauty of the SR-71. It was also a marvel of engineering, and still holds the record of being the fastest jet ever.
 
2013-01-05 06:59:33 PM  
Time for a riveting tale, chap
If I may..

A great deal of the summers of my youth were spent in a cabin that was located on the banks of a tidal salt marsh. on the other side of that marsh and channel, about a half mile away was the end of the run way for the Wallops island NASA/ NOAA Flight Facility.

They have a U2 there that they use for upper atmosphere weather observations. I saw that thing take off and land on many an occasion, and even saw the chase car waiting at the end of the runway a few times.

one occasion stands out in my mind in particular.

this cabin... alright.. the cabin was a RV trailer with a mosquito porch built onto it's side, was located in a place called Trails End Campground and RV park. basically a members only campground where you can own your own campsite with hook ups and what not. no permanent residence allowed, no permanent structures.. so RV's, campers only.. had to be on wheels.. no mobile homes in the traditional sense even though hardly any of the campers ever moved anywhere once parked.

Well, in the center of this place, they had the community center with the large Olympic sized swimming pool complete with three level high dive.. One day in my youth, maybe 9 years old.. maybe twelve.. somewhere there I had muscled up the nerve to go all the way to the top of the high dive... and I was pretty much stuck up there. petrified with fear, contemplating just what in the hell I had gotten myself into, and then I heard a low rumble approaching... I, and everyone else at the pool that day, looked to the east to see what was going on. And then she came into view.. The NOAA U2, came in skirting the tree tops right over the pool, right towards the Runway on wallops. the plane seemed to just hang there, passing over my head in slow motion, the roar of the engine getting louder and louder, passing over my head on top of that high dive platform, so close I felt I could just reach up and touch its belly as it passed directly over my head.

Mesmerized by the sight, the whoosh of air, the lingering jet wash, the stink of jet fuel exhaust, like kerosene, and the Doppler effect of the engine as she disappeared from sight beyond the pine trees behind me.

After the moment passed, I ran towards the edge of the diving platform and cannon balled, all my fear was gone
 
2013-01-05 07:06:30 PM  
The mullet-Camaro link hasn't really been relevant since before most of the people on this site were even born.
 
2013-01-05 07:12:48 PM  
awesome autoplay video that played even through adblock
 
2013-01-05 07:18:13 PM  
2018 A.D.
Ex-VEEP Joe Biden is mangled in a horrible Camero-US Airforce jet collision. He is clinging to life. But the Air Force doctors and scientists won't say die. They figure they have the technology to rebuild him, faster, stronger, better, smarter than ever. And they have the parts left from his body, the jet and his Camero to rebuild him with.

Thus is born the super action hero, The Six Million Amero Man! (Also known as ManCamero, part man, part Camero, part Air Force Two.)

You better believe he is a Big Farking Deal! He's ManCamero--the most powerful man on Earth after President Billary, The Duplicitous Two-fer of the United States of America.

This Week's Episode: Joe ManCamero battles the Supervillain AlGorzeera, who is plotting to melt the world's remaining ice cap and flood Jupiter Island and what's left of Mainland Florida.
 
2013-01-05 07:18:32 PM  

loonatic112358: Options, Corvettes, Vipers


What part of modestly priced did you miss? There's no reason to buy a $60,000 car when a stripped down base model Camaro or Mustang would do fine for $25,000.
 
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