The Brits found the perfect car to help a U-2 spy plane take off ElliotL/YouTube

The Lockheed Martin U-2 spy plane has been used for decades, but its poor sight lines require a car to help guide it along the runway.

In the past, U-2 spy planes have used muscle cars such as the Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro because they are both effective and inexpensive. But the Air Force opted to use a different kind of car to help the U-2 take off at Great Britain’s RAF Fairford airfield.

Instead of a muscle car like a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, they decided to use a Tesla Model S.

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Using the Tesla could have something to do with the lack of United States made muscle cars in the U.K., but the Tesla was undeniably effective in helping the plane.

It’s unlikely a Tesla is used for this mission that often?especially in the U.S.?but it is really cool to see it used for that purpose.

(h/t The Drive)

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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