high over northern california with a view of most cities to the east of sacramento

To Make a Super Pano

Hey everyone.ย ย Today is very special.ย ย I’m pumped because today is essentially the last day of home schooling my kids for the year (hopefully….damn you coronavirus)ย ย  To celebrate, I thought today needed a little peppy 80’s montage music (first to name the movie gets…nothing but my respect)ย ย put together with a quick run […]

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looking out the cockpit of a 737 at sunset overlooking Glen Canyon

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. ย It is harder to go back out and fly something different once you are qualified in the U-2. ย Part of that is the select nature of the job and how much goes into […]

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thunderstorm shot for a U-2 at 60,000 feet

What’s the Highest CB top you’ve gone over?

โ›ˆ๏ธโ›ˆ๏ธโšกโ˜” 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 […]

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Extreme Ross stares over the stars from a flag out past the wing of a U-2

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.ย ย 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 […]

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U-2 Northern Lights UFO

Have you ever seen any UFO’s or objects that made you thing “what was that”?

๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ 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 […]

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u2-takeoff-blastoff

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 […]

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