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Watch: A Flight on a U2 Spy Plane


Top Gear's James May takes the show's viewers in a flight on a U2 spy plane.

Gizmodo writes: "The Lockheed U2 is an amazing plane, developed to spy enemy countries by the CIA and the United States Air Force. Flying at 70,000 feet, the U2 can fly day or night, rain or sun, photographing ground facilities on very short notice, something that satellites can't do. It was created in the 50s, flying for the first time in 1955, and despite some being shot down over the Soviet Union, Cuba, and China, the fleet is still in use today."

Below, a commercial airliner as seen from the U2.



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  1. Saw this last night. Really amazing stuff.

    Posted by: EricLA | Aug 7, 2009 1:26:35 PM

  2. WOW! It almost brings a tear to my eye. It really is incredible!

    Posted by: Disgusted With The Lies! | Aug 7, 2009 2:39:49 PM

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    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 7, 2009 8:51:52 PM

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