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Stunning and brilliant, BBC please sell this on video!
15 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you at all like flying or space, this is a must see. The main problem is that it seems unavailable except in pirated form on YouTube, etc. BBC, or whoever owns the rights, please sell it in HD!

May's flight to the edge of space in a U2 haunts with its beauty, enchants with its musings, and thrills with its adventure.

Technically James was the passenger in a two seat U2 flown by an American Air Force pilot. Both men wore pressurized flight suits similar to what astronauts wear, and the views were absolutely incredible. I'm sure the HD cameras barely captured the actual impact of the views from the cockpit, yet they were otherworldly.

Airliners at their highest altitude, for example, passed far below them as they transited California parallel the Pacific Ocean on their way up to altitude. The U2 was flown from Beale Air Force Base north of Sacramento California, and the film includes suiting up, flight briefings, what to do if you get an itch inside the suit, etc.


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