The US Air Force began using Tesla’s models to accompany the start of the U-2 spy plane flight.
One of the American brand’s car was seen in this role at the RAF Fairford air base, borrowed to the Americans by the British Air Force. But what is one of the most modern cars in the world doing as “squire” of an aircraft with such an old design?
Firstly, the U-2 continues to be one of the most practical aircraft to use in reconnaissance missions. Built by Lockheed since 1957, it remains one of the planes capable of reaching an altitude of 70,000 feet (21,000 meters), allowing a lot of ground to be covered while avoiding detection. The latest technical developments took place in 2012, and the U-2 was used in NATO missions in Afghanistan.
As for the “partnership” with Tesla, it is justified by the structure of the plane. With its wingspan of 31 meters, the wings would drag on the ground before take off, if they were not restrained by the wheels that jump off when the plane leaves the ground. This makes it impossible to abort a launch in case of emergency. That’s why Tesla, which may accompany the aircraft take off, is used to overview any problem and abort the flight if necessary.