posted on Feb, 10 2013 @ 08:20 PM
Note that the landing at Groom Lake is just video trickery. The plane disappears!
Also, is that U-2 56-6677 in the other video? The plane doesn't look very wide, but they were doing a wide angle shot.You can see a pogo under the
wing. If so, that plane was in a fatal crash.
Note that Lockheed has a youtube channel. I set the link up to find first flights, but there are hundreds of clips on it.
Lockheed first flights
Regarding the plane being unstable except with fly by wire, a more accurate description is it is unstable without an electronic control system.
However, all modern fighter aircraft starting with the F-16 are unstable without electronic control systems. In classical control systems, you are
taught not to take something unstable and stabilize it with electronics because if the electronics fails, the device blows up. However, it is hard to
move a stable (AKA well damped) system, so being naturally unstable aids in the maneuverability. In the case of fighter aircraft, you always have plan
B if the electronics fails, i.e. eject and leave a pile of smoldering debris on the ground.