@race23element6 asks “When you look down at earth does your mind wander about what year it is down there??” I can say that it is easy for you to feel detached from what is going on down below you. Most places look beautiful and just looking outside, you really might not […]Read More
To Make a Super Pano
Hey everyone. Today is very special. I’m pumped because today is essentially the last day of home schooling my kids for the year (hopefully….damn you coronavirus) To celebrate, I thought today needed a little peppy 80’s montage music (first to name the movie gets…nothing but my respect) put together with a quick run […]Read More
What can you fly after the U-2?
For the most part, the U-2 will be the last Air Force aircraft a person will fly. It is harder to go back out and fly something different once you are qualified in the U-2. Part of that is the select nature of the job and how much goes into […]Read More
What’s the Highest CB top you’ve gone over?
⛈️⛈️⚡☔ Today’s #askextremeross, @petercrew asks “What’s the highest CB (cumulonimbus cloud) top you’ve gone over?” So I’m not quite sure I remember, but I thought this picture was pretty cool. This was taken about 10 years ago on my earlier camera, the Nikon D90. Thunderstorms could get pretty high, especially […]Read More
How does the U-2 handle at low altitudes?
Today in #askextremeross, @andre_garcez_ asked “How does the U-2 handle at low altitudes?” So imagine you’re carrying a 105 ft long wooden beam in the center and trying to maneuver it down the street. You’re trying to keep the ends from hitting anything and keep them from hitting the ground. […]Read More
Do you fly T-38A models and any advice on starting over in another airframe?
Welcome to Extreme Ross again. Make sure to share this and any others as a story for your friends Today I’m giving love to the other “companion” of the U-2. The super duper sexy and glossy black T-38 Talon. For #askextremeross, @mbartoletta asked “I’d like to ask about the T-38, […]Read More
Why are U-2s still in use if we have satellites?
Today I’m answering one of the most common airshow questions a U-2 pilot ever gets. Several of you, including @vasiliybaraniuk asked: “Why are U2s still in use if we have satellites? Note: the following is entirely my opinion/viewpoint/soapbox/rant. The easy answers are something about multi-layered approaches to intelligence, from satellites to […]Read More
Have you ever seen any UFO’s or objects that made you thing “what was that”?
???️?️ Hello again. For today’s #askextremeross I’m tackling a subject several of you have asked me about. And that is, of course, UFOs. @chadholcomb88 asked “Since you’re one of very few pilots that have experienced flight at that altitude, have you seen any “UFO’s”, or objects that made you think […]Read More
Do you have any solar radiation issues at that altitude?
For #askextremeross today, I’m answering @lo_muller who asked “Do you have solar radiation issues at that altitude?” While rarely affecting missions, space radiation, and particularly solar radiation, are something that we have to pay attention to. At the altitudes we’re at, 90% of the atmospheric mass is below us. It’s still a […]Read More
Do you have to modulate your climbs/descents in some form due to the extreme altitudes you get to(like a deep sea diver)??
Thanks to @murrayscaifephoto who asked Extreme Ross “Do you have to modulate your climbs/descents in some form due to the extreme altitudes you get to (like a deep sea diver) ?? Thanks” Good question. There will be a whole separate story that will go into everything the U-2 pilot has to […]Read More