Photo: U.S. Air Force plane prepares for take off under giant double rainbow on Dec. 21 “Doomsday”

Taken on the day of the alleged Mayan Apocalypse Dec. 21, 2012, the following cool photo shows pilots preparing the cockpit of a U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon jet at Beale Air Force Base, California.

The supersonic jet trainers are used for training of U-2 pilots since they have similar flight controls (and lower operating costs than the “Dragon Lady”).

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

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