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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 28
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2013-01-05 06:37:10 PM
4 votes:

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 06:59:33 PM
3 votes:
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 08:45:48 PM
2 votes:

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

Sorry jackhole. The new Camaro is a very refined, fairly efficient vehicle.
I have a 2010 that pumps out 426hp and I can still manage 25mpg if I'm light on the pedal.
The V6 with 325 hp can get over 30.

Go crawl back over your sister and resume screwing your mom. Then take your Mistake to the store and pick up some Keystone.


As a lifelong GM guy, but who currently drives an SRT-8 in the summer, some of you manufacturer fan boys need to grow some thicker skin and take it down a notch.
2013-01-05 06:39:36 PM
2 votes:
if that is the case i want to get one of the gtos they used before...
2013-01-05 06:37:11 PM
2 votes:

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 06:36:06 PM
2 votes:

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 11:57:09 PM
1 votes:

Loren:

It's not just 100mph, but they have to accelerate to that speed quickly, they don't have a lot of space to do it in. You need a lot of horses to do that.


You need comparatively very little horsepower to do that. Horsepower is for top end. Torque is what gets you there.
2013-01-05 10:54:29 PM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-01-05 10:42:50 PM
1 votes:
CSB:

I got to ride in the chase car of a U2 in Istres, France. It was takeoff, which is relatively easy. When not at speed, the wings droop, so they need these training wheels, which you have to run out on the runway to pick up. That's what makes landing so difficult because if you tip the thing an inch or bounce the craft to had on landing, you can break off a wing. Where you end up might depend on who has the best landing conditions.

The guys that fly the U2s are 50-something Air Force Colonels. He had a crew of six suit him up and prepare his gear. These guys fly 10-14 hours straight and our pilot bragged about not needing the Auto-John because he could control his bodily functions that well. The fly half way around the world and as mentioned don't really know where they're going to end up. And they do it five times a week.
2013-01-05 09:36:20 PM
1 votes:

Cerebral Knievel: 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.


That's probably the coolest story I've ever read on here. Thanks for sharing.
/wonder what you'd have done had it been a Blackbird
2013-01-05 09:32:20 PM
1 votes:

mmxakira: I used to work on them.. They retrofit the hell out of these planes.


The only thing left of the original is the shape.
2013-01-05 09:29:12 PM
1 votes:

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


I used to work on them.. They retrofit the hell out of these planes.
2013-01-05 09:07:31 PM
1 votes:

Coastalgrl: 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.


Nice! I worry about newer cars that need things like window switches programmed with a $3000 specialty computer to interface the mini-network inside the car.

When the transmission in my Grand Prix died, I bought one of the same year in way better condition with 80,000 fewer miles on it. "Why mess with something that's nearly bulletproof (other than that plastic intake gasket)?", I figured. Since buying that one, I learned my old one was pretty far from stock when I bought it used. I had no clue what a monster 4-door sleeper it had been turned into. The smaller pulley on the blower should have been a pretty big clue. The transmission wasn't upgraded to handle the power, though. I'll be tearing into it this spring to see what gave out. I might perform a transplant. That much power was just too much fun.

I do my own engine work, but I agree on the oil thing. I'll let Walmart handle that as long as I can still get full synthetic.

I've been surprised with newer 4-banger cars. The car I drove in high school had to be coaxed over the mountains I drive, but anything from the past decade will hold the speed limit just fine on the climb. They still feel like I'm driving a rollerskate, though. Naturally, that can be a problem in snow, especially when some supermom is barreling down the freeway at 90, attempting to slap six kids into submission while breastfeeding the two newest arrivals.

Utah being what it is with huge families, Mormon Assault Vehicles (minivans, big SUVs, sometimes even Sprinters and Econolines) are incredibly popular. No minivan for me. I drive my kid around and that's it. I could do that with a Corvette, let alone a Mustang, Camaro or anything else with more of a soul than a Plymouth Voyager.
2013-01-05 08:16:41 PM
1 votes:
If this interests you please watch the special entitled James May On The Moon. He interviews astronauts and explains the whole thing with the Camaros. The amazing part is when he gets to fly on the U-2. Easily the most incredible footage I've seen. Looking DOWN they see a small silver speck, a commercial jet. Looking up shows the blackness of space. You can see the curvature of the Earth and the blue atmosphere. It brings James May to tears.
2013-01-05 06:57:45 PM
1 votes:

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 06:55:19 PM
1 votes:

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 06:51:30 PM
1 votes:

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 06:50:12 PM
1 votes:

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 06:49:06 PM
1 votes:

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 06:48:12 PM
1 votes:
Did they go with the Camaro because a Cruze or Volt won't do 166 KPH?
2013-01-05 06:47:38 PM
1 votes:

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 06:47:17 PM
1 votes:
Want!

/the plane, not the car
2013-01-05 06:44:36 PM
1 votes:
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 06:44:29 PM
1 votes:
I had no idea U2s were still in service. Impressive.
2013-01-05 06:43:03 PM
1 votes:

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 06:27:51 PM
1 votes:
Are they biatchin'?
/Props to Dead Milkmen.
2013-01-05 05:11:34 PM
1 votes:
And yet, the Air Force still hasn't found what it's looking for.
2013-01-05 04:03:09 PM
1 votes:
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.
 
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