More on the U2

In other news, the U2 continues to be the weirdest plane in the Air Force. Last week when my dad was visiting, we got a closer look at the Dragonlady.

Apparently they have this issue if they land with a lot of fuel (“heavy”) it can affect the way the wings balance on the ground, so after the plane comes to a stop, maintenance has to run out and prop this little wheels on sticks–I believe they’re called pogos–under the wings so it can finish taxiing without dragging the wings along the runway.

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So here they are trying to pull one wing down so they can insert the opposite pogo…

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“Too far, guys!”

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“Go over and help him”

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“Help, more help!”

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Four little monkeys…

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My dad and Caleb with our chase car driver and the pilot
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The first video gives you a better idea of how the car gets moving. The second video gives you a closer look at the plane. 🙂

http://youtu.be/19a0ZTDHcRk

http://youtu.be/iusdB6tABcg

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  1. Most impressive. We are amazed that Mark got to be there – he must have made it through security clearance! 🙂

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