Skip to comments.New Nuclear Window Curtains For The B-52
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.
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.
BABY LOVE SHACK!
No implications at all about prepardeness.
Funny, with Nobama’s desire to unilaterally disarm the US of nuclear weapons, I’m expecting another type of “curtains” for the B-52.
Interesting though that nuke warfare is being discussed (disgusted) more today as an active possibility than under Bush’s rule.
Pansies. All we got was an eye patch to wear so that after the detonation we’d have one eye left to get home.
Still, it amazes me that this ancient airframe has remained so useful.
WTF? Must be a misprint. Gotta be about 6 zeroes missing.
Since when is ANY weapons system measured in hundreds or thousands of dollars?
I didn't know that they were ever used. It was B-29s that dropped the nukes on Japan.
- 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."
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.
Great. Now I am inspired to watch Dr. Strangelove—AGAIN! lol
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.
Thank you Major Kong, that was awesome.
Oh how I miss Slim Pickens
The world’s best movie EVER!
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.
But it was changed and dubbed over in the movie to Vegas after Kennedy was shot.
pabiancice said: “Why now?”
This has to be the “nuclear umbrella” that Obambi said his administration would use to protect Israel.
I just want to hear this in the Zed’s confident, reassuring voice:
So, it’s curtains for the B-52
| Window shades are cheap.
But OCP gets rich on
the maintenance fees . . .
One of my favorite parts of the entire movie. Slim Pickens is the man.
Don’t ya know, the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.
Yes they were. In the 1957 a B-52 dropped a test thermonuclear bomb in the Pacific.
At $2500, that has to be the deal of the century. Somebody at the Pentagon is actually making sense.
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?
God I miss the Cold War. You knew who your enemies were and how to fight them.
Isn't that kind of old for a plane?
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. . . .
If it’s to duty, yes.
They obviously still have a role to play.
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.
"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."
Naw.. when we are all long gone those things will still be flying.
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?
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.
“Interesting though that nuke warfare is being discussed (disgusted) more today as an active possibility than under Bushs 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”??????
The C-130 is almost as old and its still coming off the assembly line.
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