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Dear friends and followers, welcome back to my channel!
So lets take a closer look at the famous follow me car itself. From the outside it definitely stands out with its black and yellow checkered paint job. That‘s the primary reason, to stand out from all other ground vehicles. On the roof you have a set of antennas to receive data link messages and to be able to communicate on all airport frequencies. Then the large infamous „Follow me“ sign which the driver controls from his dashboard and another feature you‘ll see in minute. Some follow me cars have extra bright lights mounted on their roof or bonnet to light up the taxiway or runway during night time operation.
Inside the car, the dashboard with the associated switches. A traffic screen to send and receive messages from dispatch and the mentioned radio to listen to given clearances. Besides standard safety equipment like a fire extinguisher, first aid kit etc. the car comes with an extra set of wheel chocks and these handheld wands, but more about in a minute.
But the primary purpose for what the Follow-Me car is best known for is of course, hence the name „Follow me“. So guiding airplanes around the apron and the taxiways, to or from active runways. If a Follow-Me car is requested upon landing, the driver, who is called a marshaller, will be notified by one of the air traffic controllers in the tower, either on a separate radio frequency or via data link messaging to his monitor. Once he receives and confirms the order, he positions his car where the arriving cockpit crew can see it best once they exit the runway. Then monitors the active ground frequency and waits for you to receive your taxi clearance. Once you’ve read back your clearance only then will the driver turn on his beacon and the “Follow me” sign and expects you to keep up with him and match his speed. Some of the of Follow me signs have arrows which will flash up once the driver uses his indicator, signaling the pilot that a turn can be expected and second now. Some also have a trigger in the handbrake, switching the follow me instructions to Stop!
But see more in the video ...
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  • Luis Da Costa
    Luis Da Costa

    Another funny fact: Captain Joe isn’t really a captain. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • TechPorkChop

    Yeah Tap Portugal lol


    It’s a free service ?

  • George Prout
    George Prout

    I'm surprised they don't use mercedes, they showed at le mans 1999 that they too can achieve Vr

  • jpsum

    JFK T4 offers follow me service within T4’s ramp. You have make the request on their ramp frequency.

  • Boomcrafter_HD

    8:13 is duesseldorf airport

  • TheCledis

    seems unnecessary but I guess it's the ultimate CYA for the airport

  • Tomas Severyn
    Tomas Severyn

    Dusseldorf airport based on the towe and hangars on that side?

  • Promonto

    Bist du deutscher?

  • Bushcraft-Prepper Survival Inh. Alexander Boyke
    Bushcraft-Prepper Survival Inh. Alexander Boyke

    Es schaut aus wie der EDDL / DUS / Düsseldorfer Flughafen bei uzload.info/fun/ommkhJzP06uFv4U/video. Der Tower hat Ähnlichkeiten ich war schon ÜBER 10 Jahre nicht mehr dort. @Captain Joe Liege ich da Richtig?

  • AufsMaulwurf

    Are you from Germany or have you lived there for a while? Your schwäbisch was really authentic

  • Pavia Davidsen
    Pavia Davidsen

    Here is the new checklist: Watch every video that he posted

  • Ludos Regem
    Ludos Regem

    Wusste gar nicht das das du von Stuttgart bist schön zu hören vielleicht kennst du ja backnag heiningen

  • Porutac

    that Trabant follow me car is so cool and such a unique piece of history

  • Jasper Gerrits
    Jasper Gerrits

    No in all seriousness fascinating video thanks for uploading Cpt.

  • Jasper Gerrits
    Jasper Gerrits

    05:03 Follow me to the french Alps? xDDD

  • Mike Apila
    Mike Apila

    United States 🇺🇸 do communication via headset to ground tower in which giving them alphabetic A,B,C,Z1,Z

  • Drima Chakraborty
    Drima Chakraborty

    My ATC friend keeps complaining about this one particular IndiGo pilot who landed twice, two weeks apart, and missed his taxiway and held everyone up both times. I guess Changi Airport needs these cars.

  • Tezzington Sir
    Tezzington Sir

    Capitan Joe, do you know Cotton Eye Joe?

  • Manish T
    Manish T

    Captain Joe Love from India ❤️. Please do a video on why car's will follow behind the lockheed U2 at the time of landing and why does it have only 2 landing wheels.

  • Nirmal kumar
    Nirmal kumar


  • Tom Schwanke
    Tom Schwanke

    "I'm sure the guys were tempted to perform very fast runway inspections" haha I love that humor :D

    • Alexander Kupke
      Alexander Kupke

      And some doughnuts at night... Oops I must have slipped the brake...

  • chamuditha fernando
    chamuditha fernando

    Thanks joe😊

  • The Phantom
    The Phantom

    This guy's accent is harder to understand than a heavy Hindi-Arabic accent


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  • Share Ten
    Share Ten

    0:10 Marshaller einfach die hübsche

  • TimoPhillip

    8:12 I think it's the Hannover Airport. Because of the specific shape of the tower

    • Alexander Kupke
      Alexander Kupke

      That tower is kind of a standard design the DFS uses. I am torn, first impression was Düsseldorf, but I am somehow missing the old tower on top (or actually within) the terminal B building.

  • Adrian Nel
    Adrian Nel

    Using a two-door sports car as an FMC is just stupid. It's low, and the cockpit is small which means that the operators struggle to get in and out. It's not designed to run primarily at low speeds. There is less space for equipment. Oh, and they are more expensive, on top of it. A VW Kombi is a far better option.

  • Berent Ozkent
    Berent Ozkent

    Oh God.You gonna freeze there

  • KudosK

    That BGM, you're gonna tell us an internet history?

  • Honest Opinion
    Honest Opinion

    Is there a extra cost involved for using the follow me car on an airport? Does the cost get paid by the airline or is it free in airport parking and operational costs.

  • Jeff Bergstrom
    Jeff Bergstrom

    I live in Chicago and I can see why they don't do Follow-Me cars. On average the airport handles ~100 flights per hour. If it takes a Follow-Me car 15 minutes to lead a plane in and 5 minutes to get to the next plane then one car can handle 3 planes per hour. So you need 33 cars to do the job and triple that for a 24-hour shift. Near 100 cars and people. Granted slow times like the late night are different than the busiest times but to allow for sick-days and vacations and whatnot you are still probably looking at 50 cars/people to do the job (guessing of course...big ballpark on this one). Pay them $35,000/year and that is $1.75 million/year. Add in benefits and it is even more. Then add in the cars. Let's say $15,000/each (generous) and there goes another $750,000. Add in maintenance and gas and mechanics to service the fleet. This is the US. Screw safety if it costs them money. Find your own way to the gate. Someone needs a new yacht.

  • Stefan Smith
    Stefan Smith

    I've lived in the US my whole life and never heard of this, also worked as a baggage handler at Delta in my early 20s I'm 32 now

  • Aaron Skinner
    Aaron Skinner

    lol all cars should have that message marquee. "stop tailgating you wanker"

  • James Armes
    James Armes

    This is an interesting video, and certainly shows the glaring issues within the FAA standards that would definitely help "out of towners" by having a follow me service.

  • Dan Brit
    Dan Brit

    look up chase cars and the berth of the mustang hehehe

  • Alan Sohn
    Alan Sohn

    Imagine getting a Dacia Sandero follow me car.

  • cookmcpherson

    Captain Joe referred to the U2 as "did", "was", "needed" & "flew during cold war era" as if the Dragon Lady wasn't still flying. The USAF has no plans to retire the U-2, which first flew in 1955, despite previous attempts to replace the aircraft. The service still operates 33 examples of the "Cold War-era" spy plane. And they still use a chase car. 🙂

  • kazzicup

    Very good idea the FOLLOW ME CAR !! All big and medium airports should have FOLLOW ME CARS.

  • homie789

    Europeans are always so far ahead of this side of the pond. Such a simple and effective thing yet so foreign to us.

  • Somoni Sak
    Somoni Sak

    3 years later:tesla roadster becomes a follow me car

  • Al Abama
    Al Abama


  • Micheal Afton
    Micheal Afton

    1:20 that’s the biggest plane traffic jam ever

  • Yndostrui

    Sounds great... when they don't force it on you at an airport with an amazing 2 runways and then expect you to pay a service fee for it. Granted, this is a second-hand account. I personally never landed there (Bremen)

  • azitula

    Here in the states, it is a luxury 😁. Another informative video, thank you Capt!

  • Larry Levine
    Larry Levine

    Would you consider the US Secret Service vehicles around Air Force One in the same category?

  • Cliff Trimble
    Cliff Trimble

    Supported the U-2's out of RAF Alconbury 1992-1995.. thanks for showing that awesome aircraft Captain Joe!!


    I for one have NEVER heard of a “follow me” car, what??? Also I live in Chicago so... as you said we don’t have one at O’Hare and Midway is such an easy airport to navigate I doubt you’d need one.

  • Erukanu Senpai
    Erukanu Senpai

    Lol my friend is working at Stuttgart airport, baggage / cargo etc 😁

  • Din Daddy
    Din Daddy


  • Taylor Baskin
    Taylor Baskin

    I’m not a pilot but I could really use a follow me person for navigating some airports as a passenger

  • typografiti

    The footage is 6:28 is seriously an eye opener! What a video! Just wow!

  • Silver Spy
    Silver Spy

    Can we all appreciate he had to do the video at the cold windy runway

  • ąayuʂh115

    I always wanted to know why they had this because I saw this all over games and stuff but never actually seen it

  • David S
    David S

    Thanks Capt. Joe. You found me my retirement part time job.. (LOL in ten years)

  • Steve k
    Steve k

    Seems like an ideal job for a retired F1 race car driver...with F1 follow me car :)

  • Cookie Monster
    Cookie Monster

    I guess this only happens in Germany because I have traveled a lot been to a lot of airports flown a lot and I have never Seen a pilot car before directing a commercial airplane

    • Czarownicątko

      I've seen them all around Europe and always thought this is standard 😅

  • JuicyGamer

    “Lamborgini” lol

  • littleo gaming
    littleo gaming

    On the nearest airport to me, the "follow me" car is owned by the person who drives it. So you can see it on the supermarket parking lot

  • Mikosch2

    What? In the Sauron part of Germany? But anyway, I get it. It's a car. For WANN you miss the TRAM. Just like normal life then.

  • January Success
    January Success

    The unbiased octagon evidently complete because literature developmentally object aside a bouncy texture. married, uninterested temper

  • Justus86

    Der Ton übersteuert so hart, das kann man sich echt nicht geben, sorry!

  • u comment
    u comment

    never seen this car before

  • hype philippines mapper car zone
    hype philippines mapper car zone

    WHY What are Car Super?

  • Vladyslav Karasov
    Vladyslav Karasov

    Everyone: Follow me car Lockheed U-2: Follow me, car

  • REG.T

    Very interesting video! Thank you :)

  • keys-n-stix

    You din't just say "Im schöna Schwabaländle"! Almost snorted into my Spaghetti. Greetings from Pforzheim! Love your Stuff!

  • Variance Within
    Variance Within

    Flight simulator needs this.

  • VSK121

    Should the pilot turn on or off the taxi lights during following the car?

  • Noel Shah
    Noel Shah

    Thanks very informative video 👍

  • TheRedGamerFPV

    Hold on, did he just say lamborjini

  • Glossy Seventy-five
    Glossy Seventy-five

    Pilot, arriving to Bologna: "Why should I follow this yellow-black painted airplane?"

  • Dragonx0562

    KJFK uses normal Ground Vehicles for Follow me Operations. they don't have a dedicated car for it. usually it is Car 06

  • Mauricio Ravilet
    Mauricio Ravilet

    8:24 Goose Airlines is not really happy about this situation, they paid for a full length runway use, not to be kicked off.

  • Justin Noker
    Justin Noker

    Wonder how a Saturn Vue got picked for the job, but even more surprising is apparently we in the US don't have them at some major airports, I REALLY wonder why that is.

  • patton303

    Her: Sex with me will be the best thing you’ve ever experienced. Me: I do FOD sweeps on an 11,000ft runway in a Lamborghini Huracan at my job. Her: .........

  • Doo _
    Doo _

    Lamborgini. 😣

  • Respectful Debates
    Respectful Debates

    Imagine that frustrated hurrican driver, having one of the fastest cars in the world, yet crawling at 5 mph.

    • kazzicup

      A frustrated person can't do this job. A frustrated person can't be a pilot either.

  • Vincent Amatrano
    Vincent Amatrano

    frozen pilot

  • Mr. Ramirez
    Mr. Ramirez

    Poor bird, he wasn't familiar with that airport layout.

  • Doug Gale
    Doug Gale

    8:23 Has that bird been issued takeoff clearance? I don't think the follow me car has the authority to issue takeoff clearances.

  • 지지영선

    The absorbed cheese unintentionally tow because pea gergely hunt across a imminent chicory. hoc, spurious girdle

  • Aaron Lopez
    Aaron Lopez

    Thank you Captain good to know. New sub.

  • Nesten Staton
    Nesten Staton

    As far as i know the dragon lady (u2) is actually still in service today

  • Levi Strauss
    Levi Strauss

    Did you just say 'lamborgini'

  • Jackson Lee
    Jackson Lee

    Wouldn't be fun collecting scaled models of all "follow me" cars ?

  • Justin

    Captain: let’s address the elephant in the room: how many UFOs have you seen?

  • Jammie Dodger
    Jammie Dodger

    There is no such thing as a follow car

  • Ralf Baechle
    Ralf Baechle

    In Friedrichshaven we were received by something like a pimped quad for the followme. Was kinda fitting as we arrived in a Piper Arrow not a big jet.

  • Robert Horvath
    Robert Horvath

    I need a follow me car trough Paris 😂

  • Saule Karavirs
    Saule Karavirs

    He forgot to mention the part about the chase care for the U2 originally being the fastest Mustang they could get their hands on.

  • Simon Ngesa
    Simon Ngesa

    You should do a video about crossfeeding

  • Mr Flo
    Mr Flo

    Love your jacket, can you give me the model please ;-) ?

  • Truly Infamous
    Truly Infamous

    Being an American, I guess there's a reason why I had never heard of these. I bet a lot of pilots would appreciate them here.

  • Alessandro Malaguti
    Alessandro Malaguti

    It'was a real pleasure, when we were allow to travel, to receive such a welcome, coming back home to Bologna. The Lamborghini factory is probably 20km far from the airport so it's not so strange to have such an amazing car in our home airfield.

  • Jupiter Technology 12.000
    Jupiter Technology 12.000

    Great Video Joe

  • Jupiter Technology 12.000
    Jupiter Technology 12.000


  • Addictive_LiquoriCe

    poor Huracán trotting around in idle all day long 🤣

  • Pritam Chakrabarty
    Pritam Chakrabarty

    8:24 that bird's not wanna get out too easy 🤣🤣👌

  • TheMightyKinkle

    4:50 That background looks awesome! Like some post apocalyptic scene