The landing maneuver is so difficult that the spotters in the chase cars are required to give the pilot directions. And as you might expect, the cars need to be fast. The first chase cars were V8-powered Ford
station wagons, which were successively replaced by Chevy El Caminos, highway-patrol Fox-body Ford Mustangs, fourth-gen Camaro Z/28s and Pontiac GTos and G8s. From this latest video, it seems the Air Force has now switched to the new Chevy Camaro. Whatever the metal, though, driving a muscle car at full speed (without flipping or hitting the plane) strikes us as the best job the Air Force can offer. That is, of course, except for flying a jet airplane.