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This will, luckily, soon be a thing of the past.



Glad to hear that they are getting rid of those nasty F-Body Camaro dinosaurs. It's unseemly that the best of the best should drive such foul POSes.

http://motortrend.com/features/performance/112_0506_camarou2chaser/

Fast cars have been part of the U-2 program since the 1960s. The program began with Chevrolet El Caminos and later used Ford Mustangs before switching to the Z-28. With the Z-28 now out of production, new Pontiac GTOs are entering the flight line at the U-2’s home base at Beale AFB, California.
 

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Well there still using the camaros out here at Beale. I was watching the U2 take off and land a couple times and its still the old chase cars. I saw two LT1's and one LS1 chase car sitting in the parking lot near the tower.
 

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Cottonfarmer said:
Believe it has to do with visibility (or lack of) from the cockpit. The chase car calls out altitudes for landing and wingtip clearance during T/O and landing to the pilot.
In that case, they gotta have something fast. :cool
 

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Cottonfarmer said:
Believe it has to do with visibility (or lack of) from the cockpit. The chase car calls out altitudes for landing and wingtip clearance during T/O and landing to the pilot.
Actually you are incorrect! If you look at the above pic you'll see only one set of tires in the middle of the fuselage. The chase cars actually connect wing wheels for landing. The cars have to be fast to catch the aircraft and hook the wheels so the aircraft doesn't fall over and hit the wing.

They do also communicate with the pilot to help with the landing.
 

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WOWHUH said:
Actually you are incorrect! If you look at the above pic you'll see only one set of tires in the middle of the fuselage. The chase cars actually connect wing wheels for landing. The cars have to be fast to catch the aircraft and hook the wheels so the aircraft doesn't fall over and hit the wing.

They do also communicate with the pilot to help with the landing.
Actually I'm not. Check this link: link:http://motortrend.com/features/perf...camarou2chaser/
After the aircraft comes to a stop, that's when the wheels are attached to support the wingtips.
 
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WOWHUH said:
Actually you are incorrect! If you look at the above pic you'll see only one set of tires in the middle of the fuselage. The chase cars actually connect wing wheels for landing. The cars have to be fast to catch the aircraft and hook the wheels so the aircraft doesn't fall over and hit the wing.

They do also communicate with the pilot to help with the landing.
Not true, your not going to have two cars pulling up to a plane and installing wheels from the time it lands to the time it stops, just not going to happen

If you look on the tips of the wings you will see they have a bit of something sticking down, this is designed to scrap the ground on landing, When it takes off it has a lot of fuel in the wings, when it lands it's wings are for the most part emtpy, and don't weigh a lot.

The chase cars are there for a few reasons, On take off, they talk to the pilot and direct them due to the low visibility, and extremely long wings. they also check the runway for debris. They then pick up the 'landing' gear that are dropped off the wings on take off.

On landing they call out the height off the runway to the pilot, since they have to land horizontally instead of nose up like other planes.

There are other things they do, but that is the majority.
 
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