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B-52 Flyby of USS Ranger
Family friend 'N.T.' | Today | Me

Posted on 07/06/2006 7:59:03 PM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck

B-52 Flyby of USS Ranger

This picture is real because I witnessed this flyby personally.

This picture was taken in the spring of 1990 as we started our deployment to the Persian Gulf.

I was up in the "tower" with the air boss as the Viking squadron rep for the launch/recovery and these Buff drivers (2 of them) called that they were at 8 miles for a flyby. They had been 'orange air' for a big war - at - sea exercise we were doing When they called 5 miles the boss said "we don't see you" and we heard back "look low".

Out on the water we saw this smoke trail first, (the planes merged with the color of the water) at about a 1-2 miles we could make them out and the two buffs came by at 20-30 feet off the water splitting the ship at about 350kts. Then they pulled up and did a big plan form 180 and said "do you want to see that again" - The air boss said "hell yea" so they went back out and did it again. It was the only time in my 20-year career that I have seen any service jets purposely flying below flight deck level.

One of my reserve buddies showed me this picture this weekend and I got all excited about it. It was always one of those moments at sea that I had talked about.

All the best.

N. T.


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Ok, this occurred in the Spring of 1990, but a retired family friend just ran across the picture. It's one of those 'sea stories' that wouldn't be believed unless ya saw the 'poof'!

So I'm sharing with my FReepr Mil and Av buds:

1 posted on 07/06/2006 7:59:06 PM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck
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To: Aeronaut
Once-in-a-lifetime-flyby pic AVList *ping*

Thks - ~GCR~

2 posted on 07/06/2006 8:00:43 PM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("The Clintons... are the hemorrhoids on the body politic." <- FReeper firehat)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Just Wow! Thanks for the post!


3 posted on 07/06/2006 8:02:32 PM PDT by JennysCool (Roll out the Canarble Wagon!)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Priceless, GCR - Thanks!


4 posted on 07/06/2006 8:02:42 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

That's so cool.


5 posted on 07/06/2006 8:04:10 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
No offense, but it doesn't look real. The BUFF looks way too low and the size doesn't seem proportional. Anyone else?
6 posted on 07/06/2006 8:06:44 PM PDT by TankerKC (¿José puede usted ver?)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

No way!

That is one nutso pilot putting his crew in danger like that.


7 posted on 07/06/2006 8:12:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --- Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: TankerKC

You can see what appears to be its shadow.


8 posted on 07/06/2006 8:18:30 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: 1066AD
Another angle?


9 posted on 07/06/2006 8:20:00 PM PDT by TankerKC (¿José puede usted ver?)
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To: TankerKC

It's real.


10 posted on 07/06/2006 8:27:54 PM PDT by SampleMan
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

WOW!

Thanks for sharing the pic & the story.


11 posted on 07/06/2006 8:28:19 PM PDT by Khurkris (Things look different from over here.)
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To: TankerKC

The tipper here is that the nose looks to low. But that's how Buffs really fly. Someone faking the photo would pitch the Buff at zero or slighly flared.

But its real, heard the stories on this one when it happened. I've also looked down at a Tornado (aircraft variety) from the edge of the flightdeck.


12 posted on 07/06/2006 8:30:36 PM PDT by SampleMan
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To: Peanut Gallery; alfa6; Iris7; SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; Valin; CholeraJoe; Darksheare; Samwise

ping


13 posted on 07/06/2006 8:31:20 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Hurrah for the flag of the free!)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck; potlatch; ntnychik; Smartass; Boazo; Alamo-Girl; PhilDragoo; ...

cool pic ping


14 posted on 07/06/2006 8:32:11 PM PDT by bitt (NY Times to New York: Drop Dead!)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Impressive. Thanks. I bet it was awesome in person.

Do the onboard Navy photographers mates have any official shots?


15 posted on 07/06/2006 8:32:31 PM PDT by Quix (PRAY AND WORK WHILE THERE'S DAY! Many very dark nights are looming. Thankfully, God is still God!)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck; Paleo Conservative; Dashing Dasher; phantomworker; najida; Millee; ...

B-52, someone over 50 you can trust PING!!


16 posted on 07/06/2006 8:41:16 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: JRios1968

Planet Claire or Rock Lobster? Couple of my all time favorites.


17 posted on 07/06/2006 8:53:55 PM PDT by phantomworker (Live life so completely, when death comes like a thief in the night, there is nothing left to steal.)
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To: JRios1968

Age & Deceit beat youth & skill!


18 posted on 07/06/2006 9:23:45 PM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge
like this one Norm


19 posted on 07/06/2006 9:36:27 PM PDT by al baby (Dick Trickle is not a medical condition)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Put me on the av list please.


20 posted on 07/06/2006 9:39:56 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof - Lev. XXV, v. X)
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To: NormsRevenge

BUFF pilots fly very, very, very, very low. Or at least, they used to back then.


21 posted on 07/06/2006 9:42:20 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof - Lev. XXV, v. X)
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To: al baby

damn.. awry ,, yikes..


22 posted on 07/06/2006 9:42:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --- Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: alfa6

Alfa, you might want to see this.


23 posted on 07/06/2006 9:43:10 PM PDT by barker
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To: Mr. Silverback

Buff is right.. buffing dirt or the waves .. lower than a dambuster


24 posted on 07/06/2006 9:43:58 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --- Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: TankerKC

I don't think the BUFF is too low...the reason BUFFs usually travel at treetop level is because they're over land. Nothing would stop them from travelling 20 or 40 feet above the waves at sea.

As for size...BUFFS are big jets, but Ranger is immense. A BUFF is about 140-150 feet long, and a Forrestal class carrier is several football fields long.


25 posted on 07/06/2006 9:48:48 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof - Lev. XXV, v. X)
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To: al baby

He crashed a few seconds later...1994, Fairchild AFB, Washington.


26 posted on 07/06/2006 9:49:19 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

IIRC, the "orange" country in that exercise was a stand-in for Iraq, wasn't it?


27 posted on 07/06/2006 9:51:36 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof - Lev. XXV, v. X)
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To: bitt
I call BS. A B52 is ~157 feet long. The U.S.S. Ranger's flight deck is/was ~770 feet long. Some quick division give you ~5 buffs end-to-end on the deck. By taking a larger version of this pic off the web and taking a ruler to the monitor, one can fit almost 6 of the B52 images end-to-end on the deck.

Since the buff is obviously closer than the Ranger, something is amiss. On top of that, my eyeballs tell me there's a loss of proportion in the pic.........FWIW.

28 posted on 07/06/2006 10:00:37 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

29 posted on 07/06/2006 10:05:38 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: TankerKC

What's that above & to right of tail fin ?


30 posted on 07/06/2006 10:07:57 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: bitt

Thanks for the ping!


31 posted on 07/06/2006 10:20:26 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes (OPM - The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (Other People's Money))
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To: SampleMan
Someone faking the photo would pitch the Buff at zero or slighly flared.

Uh...unless they've seen a BUFF fly.

32 posted on 07/06/2006 10:58:18 PM PDT by TankerKC (¿José puede usted ver?)
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To: All

Anyone ever see this?

http://w-uh.com/posts/030321a.html


33 posted on 07/06/2006 11:46:04 PM PDT by TankerKC (¿José puede usted ver?)
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34 posted on 07/07/2006 2:23:13 AM PDT by Aeronaut ("Endless repetition is not a coherent argument." —Thomas Sowell)
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To: ForGod'sSake
"The U.S.S. Ranger's flight deck is/was ~770 feet long."

You got the wrong Ranger. The old Ranger (CV-4) was 770 feet long. The newer USS Ranger(CV-61) is 1071 feet long.

35 posted on 07/07/2006 3:35:34 AM PDT by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: GoldCountryRedneck; Valin

And that plane is 20 years older than its pilot. Boeing - gotta love 'em.


36 posted on 07/07/2006 4:11:57 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Jack Bauer" is Arabic for "I'm f*cked.")
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To: GoldCountryRedneck; Professional Engineer

As the kids would say, "Way cool!"


37 posted on 07/07/2006 4:27:32 AM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: TankerKC

The second fly by was even most impressive.

Yes this is a phototshop. The original is not though......usmcobra

38 posted on 07/07/2006 4:44:51 AM PDT by usmcobra (How many ICBM tests does it take before Kim Jung Il is consider a threat? let's find out 1,2,3...)
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To: Jaxter
The newer USS Ranger(CV-61) is 1071 feet long.

Ack; so it would seem. Still in all, the pic just doesn't "feel" right...

39 posted on 07/07/2006 5:27:21 AM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: TankerKC
The Ranger wasn't the only CV/CVN to have a Buff below the flight deck, and as I mentioned earlier, I have personally looked down from the flight deck into the cockpit of a German Tornado.

I also remember having the 200-400 foot altitude block, while working with the Argentine Navy and having one of their S-2's working below us. On their MAD runs, you could see their prop pattern on the water.

Down low at 400 knots is a lot more fun than Mach 1 at 20,000 ft. What did you fly? KC-135 or KC-10?
40 posted on 07/07/2006 5:38:53 AM PDT by SampleMan
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To: JRios1968
He crashed a few seconds later...1994, Fairchild AFB, Washington.

Yep, LTC Bud Holland. He was unsafe and killed several people in that stunt. Several in the chain of command got hammered over that incident.

41 posted on 07/07/2006 5:44:38 AM PDT by Fury
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To: Samwise; Quix; TankerKC; SampleMan; ForGod'sSake; usmcobra
"Way cool!"

Thanks....and my teen tells me that's "k-e-w-l"!! *LOL*!

In follow up, Qiux,there was no 'official Navy' photo as such, but TankerKC's pic post #9 comes from the User Album area of the USS Ranger website (www.ussrangercv61.org).

Ya' know, folks, one would think that with...

(1)Personal knowledge of the photos' source pre-post, (2) the background context post details,(3) comments verifying that nap-of-the-earth is one of but a few of the BUFFs' mission profiles, (4)SampleMans' own knowledge of the event and (5) that second pic from the Ranger website...

....that even the harshest of the FReepSkeptics' would stand down.

I'm forwarding your version,cobra, back to my family as everyone knows that AF B-52 pilots are frustrated Thunderbirds at heart!!!! *LOL*!

Gotta hit the commute All!

~GCR~

42 posted on 07/07/2006 7:05:09 AM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("The Clintons... are the hemorrhoids on the body politic." <- FReeper firehat)
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To: usmcobra

Hmmmmmm. That's more than a little harder to believe.

Also, as I recall, the B-52 is a larger bird than both pics make it look. One of my counseling bosses was a crewman.


43 posted on 07/07/2006 7:33:48 AM PDT by Quix (PRAY AND WORK WHILE THERE'S DAY! Many very dark nights are looming. Thankfully, God is still God!)
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To: al baby

Did that occur sometime between 1978 and 1987? I'm not sure.

I lived in Spokane sometime during that period.


44 posted on 07/07/2006 7:36:49 AM PDT by Quix (PRAY AND WORK WHILE THERE'S DAY! Many very dark nights are looming. Thankfully, God is still God!)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Since the buff is obviously closer than the Ranger, something is amiss. On top of that, my eyeballs tell me there's a loss of proportion in the pic.........FWIW.

I felt the same thing.


45 posted on 07/07/2006 7:38:36 AM PDT by Quix (PRAY AND WORK WHILE THERE'S DAY! Many very dark nights are looming. Thankfully, God is still God!)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Thanks.

I don't mind believing the first photo--though, in my mind, the plane seems smaller than it should.

And, it does help to have your personal connection.

OTOH (you have different fingers) . . . The upside down one strains even my supposedly tin-foil credulity.

In any case, a fun thread. I love Navy related flight ops.


46 posted on 07/07/2006 7:50:15 AM PDT by Quix (PRAY AND WORK WHILE THERE'S DAY! Many very dark nights are looming. Thankfully, God is still God!)
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To: usmcobra

ROFLOL


47 posted on 07/07/2006 7:56:02 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Hurrah for the flag of the free!)
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To: 1066AD
"What's that above & to right of tail fin ?"

My guess is probably the plane that took the first picture.

48 posted on 07/07/2006 7:56:40 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: ForGod'sSake

LOL, someone should crop the Loch Ness Monster off the bow :)


49 posted on 07/07/2006 8:18:57 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Mr. Franklin, what form of customes did you create in Tiajunna? A beeber, Madam, if you can stune it)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Just for the record, I'm not questioning that this happened...only that this particular photo looks a bit out of whack to me.


50 posted on 07/07/2006 8:26:34 AM PDT by TankerKC (¿José puede usted ver?)
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