Skip to comments.U.S. Air Force Photo of the Day: Awesomeness
Posted on 03/25/2013 7:55:12 AM PDT by EnjoyingLife
A USAF B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale AFB, Louisiana prepares to land at Nellis AFB, Nevada on January 24, 2013 during Red Flag 13-2. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20051129.htm (medium, large, huge)
Caitlin Kenney, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, United States Air Force
I guess there’s no “stabilized approach” for these guys!
When that plane came off the assembly line, NONE of the structures in the background had been built..
I wonder how many parts from other B52s are melded into that one airframe to keep it flying for 40+ years? Lots, I’d wager.
Awesome photo, but that’s a pretty steep approach angle, due to obstacle avoidance, noise abatement, & all kinds of local area restrictions that have nothing to do with flight safety.
Diving & flaring on final in an A/C that size can get dicey in a hurry.
Flaps the size of BARN DOORS and ailerons to match. What a wing. She looks so much better with turbofans.
Reminds me of that one that went down in that air show a while back
That’s a great fact.
Guys I worked with (we’re all long retired) were wrenching on B-52s when they were young AF guys in the early 60s.
It would be awesome-er if they would replace all eight motors with four CF-6s. Talk about a wicked looking monster then.
1994 Crash of a B-52 at Fairchild Air Force Base not an air show
I have always been curious about how much ORIGINAL metal is still on those birds.
Corrected. I thought I remembered that just about the time I hit post, honest. It has been a long time since being on the line for the H mod program at Boeing Wichita.
it was practicing for the airshow.. was out there hangar 1017 watching.
(hopefully someone can state it better, maybe posts pics..)
At that angle, so close to the ground, the pilot has a future in crop dusting.
i worked the g & h models for 11 years. at Fairchild
Scary fact, the pilot probably hadn’t been born when that plane first flew.
Heck the pilots parents might not have been born.
Good Lord and that was a few days after an on base shooting
Just begs .. come and get me.
it has a crosswind crab system that allows it to crab the gear. so it can land with high crosswinds. nose can be pointed 30 degrees left and land straight on gear its really something to experiance in flight
That B-52 crash in 1994 involved some hotdog with a string of flight safety violations who did a vicious left turn at low airspeed/low altitude which made the wings dump all their lift & it fell out of the sky sideways.
One very preventable accident. The approach in this photo shows them following all the rules & it’s hazardous enough as it is.
That pic does not look “right” The Vegas hotels are a long ways from Nellis. They must use some trick photog to get that look
yes it was and we had left the base hospital with our son about 30 minutes befor it happened
there is a video on youtube that was taken in the yakima range of him fly way low.. i was sitting in the IP seat that flight.
Agreed. And landing at a 90 degree angle to the runway also looks problematic. ;)
Maybe it’s a telephoto lens but when a B-52 is that close to runway threshold & the nose is still lower than the tail, that’s one hot approach, IMO.
Note that it seems to use the same steep angle of approach, despite their being NOTHING around the airstrip...unlike the pic from Las Vegas..is this a normal angle-of-attack for landing?
that landing might have a little brown stain syndrome sure stopped instead of heading to the hammer head on a slow taxi to run up outboard engines dump chute and shut down outboards.. also looked like a very high crosswind
It can crab into the cross wind while still maintaining the gear in line with the runway center line.
Somewhere there is a BUFF pilot that knows a lot more than I do but that is my recollection.
They used to do oil burner runs across N. Dakota and Montana and use the rig I was working on as a target I guess. The dang things would just appear over the rolling hills and come right over the top of the rig so close you could count the screws and rivets if you had time. The engines would be screaming at low altitude and boiling black smoke. The winds were fierce. We had a Maule and could almost get airborne from a standstill. That was in about 1981.
Hell, a lot of FReepers hadn’t been built either. LOL! P.S. I’m not one of them. My manufacture date was ‘47. Keel laid in late ‘46.
Worthy of a WOW. Just an impressive beast. One neat thing about the BUFF is that it could sustain high speed flight for so long. Pursuit aircraft of the day might be able to make a burst of speed much faster but not for long enough to catch her.
If I recall correctly, the pilot’s last words in that B-52 crash were, “Sorry guys”.........
The pilot knew he’d made a big mistake and knew exactly what was coming.
Thanks for the thread...always very cool.
I noted to someone the other day, while I was explaining the sad state of our aircraft, that some of the airplanes still in service are being flown by pilots that are easily grandsons of pilots who flew some of the same airplanes.
That's gotta void the warranty...
My former condo is in the background - I used to watch the action at Nellis through binoculars from the 20th floor. The Thunderbirds are a lot better up close, though. :)
we are flying 1957 model Kc-135’s 1960-1961 model b-52’s and C-130’s just as old. time for congress and THE ONE to get there heads out of the south end and upgrade the fleet same with the Navy. Spending all money so IT and his Wookie can go on all these vacations is enough.
No obstacles close enough as the building you see are on the new Strip which is line of sight ten miles away.
The Stratosphere is on the right side of the picture and planes landing at McCarran approach under the elevation of the top of it. I have been there on the Big Shot watching 737’s approaching the N/S from the north under where I was on top of that structure.
My mother lives on Lamb Blvd and noise abatement is also not something they seem to worry about with the F-15’s and other flamers doing it full blast on takeoffs.
Red Flag is an exercise to test combat readiness and I could see that this was a purposely executed landing to simulate what they might expect.
The picture was shot with the full F-stop which would show everything in focus which in turn would screw up the depth of field making the building look much closer than they are.
Hope they secured the nukes this time...
Aw heck, any computer can do better than that.
BUFF Alert!! :)
I thought so too. That close to the strip it would have to be McCarran (sp).
One of my son’s was active air force at the end of Carters adm. and into Reagans. He said 1/2 the time only 1/2 of the planes could fly due to scavenageing parts to keep some planes up.....When Reagan became Pres. the parts started rolling in...Democrats always cut military, in fact the military is about the only area that gets real cuts....
Bump for desktop background imagery.
And thanks for posting!