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      08-09-2009, 10:12 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Incredible spy plane footage from 70,000 feet up

http://www.wimp.com/breathtakingfootage/

^ Over twice the height of Everest
Almost looks like a peak even a family could climb from that altitude.
I want to know what plane that is, or at least who makes it.

...just incredible really
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Wow, great post. I was wondering if that was James May's voice in the first part then saw him get out of the plane - pretty cool for him. It doesn't fit the show theme, but was this on Top Gear?

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Awesome stuff! I find it amazing that the Air Force is still flying the Dragon Lady (U2), while the SR-71 was retired over a decade ago. Looks like they'll still be flying into 2014 (rough estimate.)
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It is James May.
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Fuken awesome footage, thanks for sharing
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Awesome stuff! I find it amazing that the Air Force is still flying the Dragon Lady (U2), while the SR-71 was retired over a decade ago. Looks like they'll still be flying into 2014 (rough estimate.)
That is interesting isn't it? I just found out the SR-71 had a ceiling of 90k feet... not 70k like this 1950's U2.

I have to take my hat off to the Lockheed Martin engineers for pioneering this in the 1940's to be released for use in the 1950's..... I can't even imagine how ahead of the time this thing would have been given the technologies of the era this plane was designed/produced in.
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I would have to say there isn't many videos that compare to this one. Amazing
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i had no idea a jet can fly that high.
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I downloaded the whole episode, its called James May at the Edge of Space. It was a truly unbelievable show that puts into perspective how incredible an achievement going to the moon really was.
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I think it can fly at that height.
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I downloaded the whole episode, its called James May at the Edge of Space. It was a truly unbelievable show that puts into perspective how incredible an achievement going to the moon really was.
There's also a part called James May on the moon. Very interesting I think.
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There's also a part called James May on the moon. Very interesting I think.
Yeah I have both. As someone who went to space camp I was riveted by both shows.
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Okay at 6:58, WTF is that flying?
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Okay at 6:58, WTF is that flying?
Not sure what you mean...are you talking about the wing shot? He's just panning the camera back.
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awesome find... I've always wanted to orbit the earth, probably a little higher than 70,000 ft but fuck, if I could do this I'd die a happy man.
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Okay at 6:58, WTF is that flying?
its a commercial airliner at 30,000 ft. they are around 60,000 ft at that point so he was saying its as far below them as it usually would be above them viewing it from the ground.
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towards the end why did he say "that was only 30 miles up"


70K feet is like 12 miles
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i thought he said 13
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i thought he said 13


oh oops, i'm deaf and retarded
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anyone got footage of that SR71 at 90K? i love shit like this, i wanted to be an air force pilot when i was younger but im scared of heights


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nvm found something else, MIG-25 or something, at 90K

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