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New Nuclear Window Curtains For The B-52
Strategy Page Daily ^ | 12/16/08

Posted on 12/16/2008 6:59:43 AM PST by pabianice

December 16, 2008: The B-52 is upgrading its nuclear window shades. The original ones, which depended on ropes and pulleys to put sunshades over the inside of cockpit windows after a nuclear weapon was dropped (to prevent too much heat and light from the detonation from getting in), never worked well, and have long since fallen into disuse. Instead, crews bought the same kind of thermal shades used automobile windshields, and used those just to keep the aircraft cool while parked in sunny climes.

But now the U.S. Air Force is getting serious about B-52 use in nuclear warfare, and part of that preparation includes new “thermal curtains” for the half century old bomber. The new, seven shade set, costs $2,500, and is normally kept in a storage bag. Twice a year, there will be a drill, in which the “thermal curtains” will be taken out and deployed. The rest of the time, the crew will use new, cheaper, sun shades (costing about $300 a set) for just keeping the interior cooler when the sun (another nuclear explosion, actually) is bright, hot and shining through the 13 windows on the aircraft.

The new shades and “thermal curtains” will be issued to aircraft next year.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; carpet; drapes
Why now? What does the government know that we don't? Iran? Islamonazis? Obama's "Department of Peace and Love?"
1 posted on 12/16/2008 6:59:43 AM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Nothing new. It’s just a part of the “taking back the nuclear enterprise” gig that’s also resulting in the standup of Global Strike Command. A little like spring cleaning or fixing up your dad’s (or in this case, your granddad’s) old Chevy truck with some nice new seat covers.

Colonel, USAFR


2 posted on 12/16/2008 7:03:03 AM PST by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: pabianice
Nuclear combat, toe to toe, with the Rooskies...
3 posted on 12/16/2008 7:03:19 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

LOVE SHACK,
BABY LOVE SHACK!


4 posted on 12/16/2008 7:04:00 AM PST by babble-on
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To: pabianice
Nothing sinister about it, just a little news article to say some things that are Cold War vintage are being replaced with modern, up to date gear.

No implications at all about prepardeness.

Honest.

5 posted on 12/16/2008 7:04:46 AM PST by Pistolshot ("Democrats don't show respect, they just demand respect " - ClearCase_guy)
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To: pabianice; zot

Funny, with Nobama’s desire to unilaterally disarm the US of nuclear weapons, I’m expecting another type of “curtains” for the B-52.


6 posted on 12/16/2008 7:05:32 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead (3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87))
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To: jagusafr; theDentist; SmithL; EODGUY; Cyber Liberty

Interesting though that nuke warfare is being discussed (disgusted) more today as an active possibility than under Bush’s rule.


7 posted on 12/16/2008 7:05:48 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: pabianice
"We don't know where the nukes are but how about those new drapes."


8 posted on 12/16/2008 7:08:00 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: pabianice

Pansies. All we got was an eye patch to wear so that after the detonation we’d have one eye left to get home.


9 posted on 12/16/2008 7:08:27 AM PST by paddles
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To: pabianice
Maybe it's just me, but if we were to find the need to slip someone a little nuclear medicine I really don't think the BUFF would be the first, second, or fifth best choice in delivery method.

Still, it amazes me that this ancient airframe has remained so useful.

10 posted on 12/16/2008 7:08:35 AM PST by AngryJawa (SOCIALISM SUCKS)
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To: pabianice
Revitalization of the nuclear enterprise. Part of an entire plan to modernize and refocus (recall the nuke incidents these past few years). Also, given the nuke posture of the US is slouching, this is much needed because the B-52 remains a critical component of the nuke forces and will be for decades to come.
11 posted on 12/16/2008 7:10:15 AM PST by Hulka
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To: pabianice
"...costs $2,500..."

WTF? Must be a misprint. Gotta be about 6 zeroes missing.

Since when is ANY weapons system measured in hundreds or thousands of dollars?

12 posted on 12/16/2008 7:10:30 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Nucular.


13 posted on 12/16/2008 7:11:05 AM PST by OKSooner
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

14 posted on 12/16/2008 7:11:44 AM PST by redstateconfidential (" An American Idol President")
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To: pabianice
The original ones, which depended on ropes and pulleys to put sunshades over the inside of cockpit windows after a nuclear weapon was dropped , never worked well, and have long since fallen into disuse.

I didn't know that they were ever used. It was B-29s that dropped the nukes on Japan.

15 posted on 12/16/2008 7:11:57 AM PST by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Kong checks the contents of his survival kit with his crew on board the B-52:

- one .45 caliber automatic
- two boxes of ammunition
- four days' concentrated emergency rations
- one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills
- one miniature combination Russian (pronounced 'Rooshan') phrase book and Bible
- one hundred dollars in rubles
- one hundred dollars in gold
- nine packs of chewing gum
- one issue of prophylactics
- three lipsticks
- three pair of nylon stockings

"Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."

16 posted on 12/16/2008 7:12:18 AM PST by Pistolshot ("Democrats don't show respect, they just demand respect " - ClearCase_guy)
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To: pabianice

Major T. J. “King” Kong Survival kit contents check. In them you’ll find: one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days’ concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella’ could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.


17 posted on 12/16/2008 7:12:38 AM PST by truemiester ((If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years))
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Great. Now I am inspired to watch Dr. Strangelove—AGAIN! lol


18 posted on 12/16/2008 7:13:29 AM PST by shoutingandpointing
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To: pabianice

Whew, I am relieved to read about the upgrades
and glad that the old classic still has a role to play.
I first read the headline “...Curtains For The B-52...”
and thought it was bad news for the old birds.


19 posted on 12/16/2008 7:14:07 AM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Thank you Major Kong, that was awesome.


20 posted on 12/16/2008 7:15:31 AM PST by thecabal (We care a lot)
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To: Pistolshot
"Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."

Oh how I miss Slim Pickens

21 posted on 12/16/2008 7:16:45 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The world’s best movie EVER!


22 posted on 12/16/2008 7:17:12 AM PST by starlifter
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To: Pistolshot
"Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."

Read Major Kong's lips when he says "Vegas". He actually said "Dallas", but President Kennedy was assassinated between the filming and the release. They decided that Dallas wouldn't be an appropriate place to have a good time so Vegas was dubbed in.

23 posted on 12/16/2008 7:19:01 AM PST by KarlInOhio (11/4: The revolutionary socialists beat the Fabian ones. Where can we find a capitalist party?)
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To: Psalm 73
The original line was supposed to be ...."Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff."

But it was changed and dubbed over in the movie to Vegas after Kennedy was shot.

24 posted on 12/16/2008 7:19:27 AM PST by Pistolshot ("Democrats don't show respect, they just demand respect " - ClearCase_guy)
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To: pabianice

pabiancice said: “Why now?”

This has to be the “nuclear umbrella” that Obambi said his administration would use to protect Israel.


25 posted on 12/16/2008 7:19:44 AM PST by mmanager (It is time to prune the tree.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
> thought it was bad news for the old birds

With modern missiles
(and, presumably, modern
directed-beam things)

would you want to fly
a B-52 over
well-equipped bad guys?!

26 posted on 12/16/2008 7:20:27 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Pistolshot

I just want to hear this in the Zed’s confident, reassuring voice:

http://supak.com/store/videos/sounds/kubrick/you-cant-fight-here.wav


27 posted on 12/16/2008 7:20:33 AM PST by shoutingandpointing
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To: pabianice

So, it’s curtains for the B-52


28 posted on 12/16/2008 7:21:43 AM PST by Oztrich Boy
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
>"...costs $2,500..."
>>WTF? Must be a misprint. Gotta be about 6 zeroes missing. Since when is ANY weapons system measured in hundreds or thousands of dollars?

Window shades are cheap.
But OCP gets rich on
the maintenance fees . . .

29 posted on 12/16/2008 7:25:55 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Pistolshot

One of my favorite parts of the entire movie. Slim Pickens is the man.


30 posted on 12/16/2008 7:26:13 AM PST by thecabal (We care a lot)
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To: pabianice

Don’t ya know, the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.


31 posted on 12/16/2008 7:26:53 AM PST by eggman (Obama's Spread the Wealth will work just as well as Spread the Liabilities (sub-prime mortgages))
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To: Oztrich Boy
Well, uh . . . YA. Blinds are such a pain to keep clean, and both Roman Shades and plantation shutters are completely wrong with the 52’s motif.
32 posted on 12/16/2008 7:26:58 AM PST by shoutingandpointing
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To: Between the Lines

Yes they were. In the 1957 a B-52 dropped a test thermonuclear bomb in the Pacific.


33 posted on 12/16/2008 7:27:20 AM PST by pfflier
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

At $2500, that has to be the deal of the century. Somebody at the Pentagon is actually making sense.


34 posted on 12/16/2008 7:32:12 AM PST by gridlock (QUESTION AUTHORITY)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Favorite line in movie, in the war room

General: Try one of these Jamaican cigars, ambassador, they’re pretty good.
Ambassador de Sadesky: Thank you, no. I do not support the work of imperialist stooges.
General: Oh, only Commie stooges, ay?


35 posted on 12/16/2008 7:38:35 AM PST by Dstorm (Palin 2012)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; jagusafr

God I miss the Cold War. You knew who your enemies were and how to fight them.


36 posted on 12/16/2008 7:39:38 AM PST by CholeraJoe (In memory of Roland Tembo, Norway's bravest son.)
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To: pabianice
for the half century old bomber

Isn't that kind of old for a plane?

37 posted on 12/16/2008 7:50:46 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: Pistolshot

Rumor has it, they finally got a toilet in the old Buffosaurus a few years ago (after it went co-ed).

I remember the old Nuclear Curtains from my days flying the BUFF in the 1980s: they were worn, cracked, and threadbare THEN. . . .

And I think I still have one of the eyepatches we were required to wear. . . .


38 posted on 12/16/2008 8:04:52 AM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: theFIRMbss

If it’s to duty, yes.


39 posted on 12/16/2008 8:07:08 AM PST by onedoug
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To: theFIRMbss

They obviously still have a role to play.


40 posted on 12/16/2008 8:08:23 AM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: LouAvul
Its possible to update an Old Dog
41 posted on 12/16/2008 8:15:22 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Americans should lead America, its the right way.)
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To: LouAvul
The design itself is a Cold War relic, yet one of the most durable ever brought out by Boeing.

Upgrades to avionics, ECM, engines, RCS, and a better understanding of the mission have increased not only longevity, but capability at high and low level bombing.

42 posted on 12/16/2008 8:17:37 AM PST by Pistolshot ("Democrats don't show respect, they just demand respect " - ClearCase_guy)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"Nuclear combat, toe to toe, with the Rooskies..."

"Now look boys. I ain't much of a ham at makin' speeches. But I got a pretty fair idea that somethin' doggoned important's going on back there. And I got a fair idea of the kind of personal emotions that some of you fellas may be thinkin'. Heck, I reckon you wouldn't even be human beins if you didn't have some pretty strong personal feelings about nuclear ['nookular'] combat. But I want you to remember one thing - the folks back home is a countin' on ya, and by golly, we ain't about to let 'em down. Tell ya somethin' else - this thing turns out to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I'd say that you're all in line for some important promotions and personal citations when this thing's over with. That goes for every last one of ya, regardless of your race, color, or your creed. Now, let's get this thing on the hump. We got some flyin' to do."

43 posted on 12/16/2008 8:31:35 AM PST by 2CAVTrooper
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To: Repeal The 17th

Naw.. when we are all long gone those things will still be flying.


44 posted on 12/16/2008 8:32:04 AM PST by EEDUDE
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To: pabianice

Does the buy include a set of nuclear fuzzy dice to hand over the instrument panel and a set of atomic Yosemite Sam mud flaps for the landing gear?


45 posted on 12/16/2008 10:01:47 AM PST by ChoobacKY
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To: GreyFriar
Funny, with Nobama’s desire to unilaterally disarm the US of nuclear weapons, I’m expecting another type of “curtains” for the B-52.

Plus a lot of other weapon systems.

The B-47 had flash curtains for the same reason, but the ones for the pilot and co-pilot were very difficult to install because they sat under the very large bubble canopy. The navigator only had two small windows in the B-47E, and we left the flash curtains installed all the time so we could see the radar beter.

46 posted on 12/16/2008 10:26:56 AM PST by zot
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

“Interesting though that nuke warfare is being discussed (disgusted) more today as an active possibility than under Bush’s rule.”

I wonder if all the 60’s retreads who voted for him thought that this is what H. Obama meant by “hope and CHANGE”??????

EODGUY


47 posted on 12/16/2008 4:20:00 PM PST by EODGUY (Hold on to your copies of the Consititution of the United States. It is going to be re-written.)
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To: LouAvul

The C-130 is almost as old and its still coming off the assembly line.


48 posted on 12/16/2008 5:44:37 PM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: pabianice
You people just want to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids...


49 posted on 12/16/2008 5:48:02 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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