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Old 11-13-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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Cool Camaro is Once Again Launch Chase Car for the U-2 Spy Plane

I know a lot of folks saw the article in Popular Mechanics a while back talking about how the Camaro is still being used as a chase car.

I wanted to share the video of a Camaro doing just that.

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More detail on how the Camaro (and G8) are used to assist the U-2 can be found here:






For many years, our 3rd and 4th gen Camaros were used -- here's an older video with a GTO and a 4th gen Camaro


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Old 11-13-2012, 11:25 AM   #2
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Interesting.

Why do they even need to do that? I assume they use a ZL1?
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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Pretty sure these were mustangs back in the 80's when I was at Eglin.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:29 AM   #4
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To record the landing and or verify landing gear is down?
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:41 PM   #5
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Hmm, that's pretty cool, that car got up and going there pretty quick lol
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:45 PM   #6
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Great video.



To talk the pilots down as they have no view of the ground.

It's a tough job but someone has to do it

The spotter and operator have to come to an agreement about what an inch is.
The father of a friend of mine was a U2 pilot and according to him the plane is incredible hard to land and they need a spotter to help. Apparently the plane produces a ton of lift but the range between stalling it and falling out of the sky and the top speed the airframe can withstand are very close to each other.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:51 PM   #7
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I know a lot of folks saw the article in Popular Mechanics a while back talking about how the Camaro is still being used as a chase car.

Well I haven't seen anyone post it yet, and a search for "chase car" didn't come up with anything recent, so I wanted to share the video of a Camaro doing just that, which I saw on Jalopnik.

Enjoy!
This was posted awhile back. Sure would be fun!!
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=255834


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The spotter and operator have to come to an agreement about what an inch is.
Hardest job ever. I can't even get my gf to agree with me about what an inch is...
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:58 PM   #8
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I wonder of they'll let me do that with the Hornets base.......hmmmmmm
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:08 PM   #9
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Same Chase - Different Angle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=AnzbfpSwQRQ
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:08 PM   #10
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FWIW, they still use a GTO, four G8 GTs, along with five Camaros...at least those are what I've seen. There might be a few more. I work the other major airframe at Beale (Global Hawk).

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:36 PM   #11
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The father of a friend of mine was a U2 pilot and according to him the plane is incredible hard to land and they need a spotter to help. Apparently the plane produces a ton of lift but the range between stalling it and falling out of the sky and the top speed the airframe can withstand are very close to each other.
It's more so at altitude (70,000 feet) I believe due to the lift required at that low air pressure the maximum airspeed, cruising airspeed, and stall speed are all within 10 knots or so of each other, commonly called a "Coffin Corner" on the airspeed diagram. Definitely crazy !

If you want to see more watch James May's edge of space video.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:48 AM   #12
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It's more so at altitude (70,000 feet) I believe due to the lift required at that low air pressure the maximum airspeed, cruising airspeed, and stall speed are all within 10 knots or so of each other, commonly called a "Coffin Corner" on the airspeed diagram. Definitely crazy !

If you want to see more watch James May's edge of space video.
That was a actually a really cool video.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:48 AM   #13
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I was watching the wheels most of the time it is cool how it looks like they change direction
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:56 PM   #14
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I believe the Stall Speed/overspeed issue being so close was on the SR-71. The straight wing on the U2 had good lift. One of the things that made it hard to land, ground effect just wanted to keep it in the air.
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