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    This video is a once in a lifetime experience of a British civilian, James May, 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.

    The civilian getting the ride is the host of the car show Top Gear on BBC (James May)
    shown through Europe at 9:00 pm Sunday night in Belgium . The views are spectacular as the U-2 flies at altitudes which constitute "SPACE."







    Breathtaking spy plane footage.
     
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    That was pretty damn cool!

    I love how the blue faded to black along the horizon when they got way up there.
     
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    Did think Id watch the whole thing but it went right by He seemed to be enjoying himself a great deal as would I. Thanks.
     
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    Watching him adjust the rearview mirror before takeoff was a bit odd :lol:
     
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    I SO want to do that!
     
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    The truly amazing thing is that the U2 and the Sr71 were designed without computers using naught but slide rules and pure brain power and to this day they both still have no equal.
     
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