This Is How A U-2 Spy Plane Pilot Suits Up And Takes Off On A Mission

Popular Mechanics: Watch A U-2 Spy Plane Pilot Suit Up and Take Off on a Mission Over the Middle East

The “moon suit” looks surprisingly agile.

You don't just hop in and fly the Dragon Lady.

A new video on YouTube chronicles the extensive preparations required to fly the U-2 "Dragon Lady" spy plane. To cope with the extreme altitudes, pilots wear “moon suits” so large and complex it takes a full crew of technicians to help them put it on. The video then goes on to show the aircraft taking off what was until recently a secret base in the Middle East, fly a mission, and then return home.

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WNU Editor: There is the plane, the pilot, and as the above video shows, the all important support team.

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