When the Chase Plane is a Car
In this video clip filmed in 2010 by Emmy-winning news photographer Walter Colby at Beale Air Force Base, a two-place trainer version of a U-2 takes off (watch the "pogo" wing supports drop away at liftoff), makes three low approaches, and lands on the fourth approach. "Mobile," another U-2 pilot in a sports car, follows each, calling out the aircraft's height above the runway to the pilot as he nears touchdown. After the aircraft comes to a stop, the ground crew re-inserts the pogos so the U-2 can taxi to the hangar.
Video: Walter Colby