The U.S. Lockheed U-2 spy plane, better known as “Dragon Lady,” has provided the Air Force intelligence from ultra-high altitudes since the Cold War.
As capable as it is, the Dragon Lady needs a little help from its wingman–namely a sports car driven by a U-2 co-pilot–to get its wheels on the ground safely.
From We Are the Mighty:
With only two wheels, the aircraft is incredibly unsteady when it touches down, and pilots have their hands full during the entire landing process.
The solution? Send a back-up pilot to trail the plane in a car while offering control inputs. The ground pilot can reach speeds around 140 mph while attempting to keep up with the aircraft. And without his help the plane could ground loop or worse.
See how this mid-flight cooperation goes down for yourself in this video.