Dave on flying: "Since childhood, I have been fascinated by the sky. The first time I flew was on a helicopter ride for five minutes at the Dutchess County Fair. I was eight years old. I begged my parents to let me go up so I could tell my friends I did something amazing over the summer. I ran out of the cockpit of that Vietnam-era Bell 47 like I had just returned from the moon."
Flying for Fun
Since being inspired by his first helicopter ride, "Early Show" weather anchor and features reporter Dave Price has earned his pilot's license. He has flown in areas around the world. But this week, he'll fly almost beyond the Earth in the "Edge of the Earth" series.
It's a Bird, It's a Plane...
It's Dave Price flying above Hawaii.
In this week's series, Dave will train for the demanding flight aboard a U.S. Air Force spy plane, which requires a full space suit and oxygen, because of the altitude the plane reaches.
Flying in War
Dave flying above Iraq in a C-130.
Dave as a passenger in a helicopter flying over South Africa.
When Dave and his pilot are up in U-2 this week, they'll be the highest people in the world -- besides the astronauts in the International Space Station.
At the Edge
Watch "The Early Show" all week to see Dave experience nearly everything a real U-2 pilot does, from getting a flight physical, to training, to finally taking the flight.
The U-2 provides continuous day or night, high-altitude, all-weather, stand-off surveillance of an area in direct support of U.S. and allied ground and air forces. Dave will have the unique opportunity to fly aboard this high-flying extreme plane.
Sleek in the Sky
An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady flies a training mission.
Dave says, "I hope you enjoy the week ahead as much as I will. I am going to reach for the stars and come the closest I've ever been to touching them."
Dave on the Edge
Tune in to "The Early Show" all week to find out how Dave takes on the challenges of this difficult, special flight to the "Edge of the Earth."