Published on April 28th, 2012 | by AirplaneGuy.com Admin0
Apparently the U2 Sucks to Land
When I was doing my CFI training you had to do spins. The flight school only had one airplane that you could do spins in. A Cessna 152. Needless to say I had to go with the smallest flight instructor they had.
He turned out to be really cool, and also a former U2 pilot in the air force. I wonder if he’s in any of these shots?
With the large amount of ground effect, the SOB just doesn’t want to quit flying. Then given the long wingspan and shorter body length – when things get out of line it gets exponentially worse damn quick.
A friend of Francis Gary Powers said Gary told him:
I had an friend, who used to fly U-2′s and he told me that you had to fly the SOB all the way to the ground with very little excess airspeed and let it land itself by running our of lift. Basically just freeze the stick and hold it off at about 2 feet letting it settle as airspeed dissipated. (that’s the chase cars job – “OK 3 feet , 2feet, etc.)
I never really thought about it but it must really suck to land a jet-powered glider in a crosswind with mono-gear.
I think the video proves that!
FMI on the U2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_U-2