NASA Owns a Dodge Charger

You might know about the Astronauts’ love affair with the Chevrolet Corvette, but you might not know about the Dodge Charger that the US Government runs on official business with an ER-2 airplane. That sounds ridiculous, but the white Dodge Charger’s job is so fantastic it almost seems like science fiction. Believe it or not, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) uses the Mopar muscle car to chase down a spy plane.

Why does NASA need chase vehicles?

NASA uses chase vehicles to safely land a research plane that used to be a spy plane. The plane, the ER-2, is a high-altitude civilian agency variation of the famed U-2S spy plane that the US Government used to conduct surveillance. Unfortunately for the disciplined pilots of the U-2 and ER-2, landing the aircraft is a bit of an event.

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