What happens when you have a pilot in a space suit try to land a plane that has only two sets of landing gear? The result: you need a really fast car to guide the pilot down safely.
The Lockheed U-2 spy plane is one of the most unique airplanes ever created. Its mission is to gather information. To do this safely, the U-2 flies at extremely high altitudes—70,000 feet—essentially in space. In order for a plane to reach this altitude, it has to be as lightweight as possible and when Lockheed was designing the plane, it surprisingly cut out a set of landing gear to save weight.
Scott Evans from Motor Trend recently got to ride in one of the Chevrolet Camaro chase cars that help the U-2 land and shared his experience in a recent article.
To help the U-2 pilot down, the Camaro driver has to literally drive just yards behind the rapidly descending plane and tell the pilot how far off the ground he is. When the plane reaches 2 feet above the ground, the pilot can finally touch the ground and land the plane. He then has to balance the plane on the two sets of landing gear until coming to a complete stop.
Watch this video to see the amazing teamwork in action.
Ever seen a Chevy Camaro limo? Probably not, and you probably think that even the idea that one of these exists is ridiculous. After all, the Camaro is known for its speed, handling, and race track performance, whereas a limo is known for driving bachelorettes around the city slowly and awkwardly. But we’re here to tell you that such a car is in existence, and was recently listed on eBay for a cool $47,000. Intrigued? Let us tell you more.
The Chevy Camaro limo in question was a 2011 model, being sold as-is. With a laughable 33,000 miles, this Camaro was in the prime of its life, with many fun and festive miles left on its odometer. Its 3.6-liter V6 engine was reported to be in tip-top shape, although the car was not without issues. The new owner will need to address the Chevy Camaro limo’s malfunctioning air conditioning, an airbag light that refuses to go off, and some minor cosmetic dings that would need to be fixed before loading it up with high school prom-goers or 21st birthday parties.
Now we know that such a vehicle exists, we’re wondering if it would be possible to make any vehicle into a limo. Just imagine the Chevy Silverado limo, or even a limo-motorcycle. The possibilities are endless!