Video: The Air Force Uses Teslas to Chase the U-2 Spy Plane
The most famous of all planes to require a car buddy on the ground is the Lockheed Martin U-2, the 1950s-era spy plane still operating today. The aircraft’s poor sight lines and awkward proportions leave its pilot struggling to navigate when on the ground, so to compensate, the Air Force began pairing the plane with a watcher in a car to help the pilot crab its way across the runways. And since said car would need to be able to keep pace with the U-2 until it went airborne, the Air Force was forced to pick up fast cars strictly for the purpose of driving alongside the plane.
In the past, the Government was using Mustangs and Camaros, and now you might expect Hellcats or ZL1 .. but instead they are using a Tesla Model S!!
Why a Tesla? The Tesla Model S has the quickest acceleration around, capable of going 0 to 60 in 2.27 seconds, with a top speed of 155 miles an hour. The U-2’s takeoff speed is roughly 115 miles an hour, and the Tesla keeps up with the plane right up to takeoff.