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    Also why is this thing still in use?



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    Probably the best example of a plane that replaced its intended replacement.

    I think I remember they were hiring for U2s when Hels qualified for pilot. Might have been cool, get to wear a space suit and fly in a straight line very slowly for 8 hours! What could be better?


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    Not getting shot down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smarnca View Post
    Also why is this thing still in use?

    But that rear wheel. How even. I don't.

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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Smarnca again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frug View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Smarnca View Post
    Also why is this thing still in use?

    But that rear wheel. How even. I don't.
    It's apparently a beast. No Hydraulics. So flying it down the runway is like balancing a bike and you are very physically working the controls to do so.
    It is still in use because even with the RQ-4 the U-2 still does the job better depending on the payload.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smarnca View Post
    Also why is this thing still in use?

    It's just very good at what it does especially in its newest iteration.


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    So, flying very high in a straight line for 8 hours.

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    have to wait till the pilots retire so they can retire the airframe

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    It's gonna be on RIAT this weekend on static display. Aparently it'll have armed guards. I didnt know 1955 tech is still so wanted by eastern spies

    There are some nutters already there who are taking photos of the arrivals (airshow starts tomorrow)





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    Quote Originally Posted by Smarnca View Post
    It's gonna be on RIAT this weekend on static display. Aparently it'll have armed guards. I didnt know 1955 tech is still so wanted by eastern spies

    There are some nutters already there who are taking photos of the arrivals (airshow starts tomorrow)





    I'm there all 3 days. You going?

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    Sadly no. Next year!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smarnca View Post
    It's gonna be on RIAT this weekend on static display. Aparently it'll have armed guards. I didnt know 1955 tech is still so wanted by eastern spies

    There are some nutters already there who are taking photos of the arrivals (airshow starts tomorrow)





    Pretty jealous, i want to go there.

    As for the spiez, presumably the innards are not 1955 tech any more?

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    It's probably for safety more than anything.

    Also that Tornado is very pretty, Italians know design from birth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazoR View Post
    Not getting shot down.
    I like this thread too. Not a lot of things, i believe what we are all actually getting down to is: dogs can survive without meat.

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    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone...on-fighter-jet

    We've all seen this movie before. They will spend around 15 year putting together requirements and designs. Then the French will quit the consortium because they demand too much of the work share for their own industry.

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    i am gay for tam crooze

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