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U.S. Air Force Photo of the Day: Awesomeness
U.S. Air Force Photo copied onto ChamorroBible.org [Extra Large Photo 4,288 2,848] ^ | January 24, 2013 | Caitlin Kenney, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

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)

The Photographer 
Caitlin Kenney, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, United States Air Force  



TOPICS: US: Louisiana; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: b52; bomber; redflag; stratofortress
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1 posted on 03/25/2013 7:55:12 AM PDT by EnjoyingLife
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To: EnjoyingLife

I guess there’s no “stabilized approach” for these guys!


2 posted on 03/25/2013 7:57:41 AM PDT by grobdriver (Vivere liberi aut mori)
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To: EnjoyingLife
Scary fact...

When that plane came off the assembly line, NONE of the structures in the background had been built..

3 posted on 03/25/2013 7:58:50 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ken5050

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.


4 posted on 03/25/2013 8:02:56 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: EnjoyingLife

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.


5 posted on 03/25/2013 8:04:46 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: EnjoyingLife

Flaps the size of BARN DOORS and ailerons to match. What a wing. She looks so much better with turbofans.


6 posted on 03/25/2013 8:05:51 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: elcid1970

Reminds me of that one that went down in that air show a while back


7 posted on 03/25/2013 8:06:08 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: ken5050

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.


8 posted on 03/25/2013 8:06:27 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Sequoyah101
No Aileron on H models them are Spoilers. last of the buffs TF-33 fans awesome in low level flight, G models the engine cowls where easier to handle but H's so much more power.
9 posted on 03/25/2013 8:09:23 AM PDT by cmdr straker (Buy American save Jobs)
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To: Sequoyah101

It would be awesome-er if they would replace all eight motors with four CF-6s. Talk about a wicked looking monster then.


10 posted on 03/25/2013 8:11:05 AM PDT by USAF80
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To: al baby

1994 Crash of a B-52 at Fairchild Air Force Base not an air show


11 posted on 03/25/2013 8:11:39 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: ken5050

I have always been curious about how much ORIGINAL metal is still on those birds.


12 posted on 03/25/2013 8:11:54 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: cmdr straker

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.


13 posted on 03/25/2013 8:12:33 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: al baby

it was practicing for the airshow.. was out there hangar 1017 watching.


14 posted on 03/25/2013 8:13:10 AM PDT by cmdr straker (Buy American save Jobs)
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To: cmdr straker; Sequoyah101
I may be phrasing this incorrectly, but what always amazed me about the B-52s on landing was how the landing gear turned..it was like the plane was flying sideways..

(hopefully someone can state it better, maybe posts pics..)

15 posted on 03/25/2013 8:13:11 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: EnjoyingLife

At that angle, so close to the ground, the pilot has a future in crop dusting.


16 posted on 03/25/2013 8:13:15 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Sequoyah101

i worked the g & h models for 11 years. at Fairchild


17 posted on 03/25/2013 8:14:39 AM PDT by cmdr straker (Buy American save Jobs)
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To: ken5050

Scary fact, the pilot probably hadn’t been born when that plane first flew.

Heck the pilots parents might not have been born.


18 posted on 03/25/2013 8:14:50 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: cmdr straker

Good Lord and that was a few days after an on base shooting


19 posted on 03/25/2013 8:15:08 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: nascarnation
The coolest and most apropos name ...STRATO .. FORTRESS.

Just begs .. come and get me.

20 posted on 03/25/2013 8:16:05 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: ken5050

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


21 posted on 03/25/2013 8:16:12 AM PDT by cmdr straker (Buy American save Jobs)
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To: al baby

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.


22 posted on 03/25/2013 8:16:26 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: EnjoyingLife

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


23 posted on 03/25/2013 8:17:22 AM PDT by winodog
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To: elcid1970
Good practice for carrier quals.
24 posted on 03/25/2013 8:17:23 AM PDT by LurkingSince1943 (Former War Criminal)
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To: al baby

yes it was and we had left the base hospital with our son about 30 minutes befor it happened


25 posted on 03/25/2013 8:17:54 AM PDT by cmdr straker (Buy American save Jobs)
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To: elcid1970

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.


26 posted on 03/25/2013 8:19:07 AM PDT by cmdr straker (Buy American save Jobs)
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To: elcid1970; All
Here's the video of the crash..as the B-52 augurs in...IIRC..the AIB report blamed pilot error, and that the co-pilot did not attempt to stop the pilot from the maneuvers...
27 posted on 03/25/2013 8:21:45 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: elcid1970
Awesome photo, but that’s a pretty steep approach angle ...

Agreed. And landing at a 90 degree angle to the runway also looks problematic. ;)

28 posted on 03/25/2013 8:24:07 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: LurkingSince1943

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.


29 posted on 03/25/2013 8:26:38 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: cmdr straker; All
Found a kewl video of a B-52 crabbing on landing..

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?

30 posted on 03/25/2013 8:26:46 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ken5050

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


31 posted on 03/25/2013 8:30:38 AM PDT by cmdr straker (Buy American save Jobs)
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To: elcid1970
I think the long lens used makes it look a little hairier than it was
32 posted on 03/25/2013 8:31:09 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: USAF80

Motors?


33 posted on 03/25/2013 8:32:15 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: ken5050

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.


34 posted on 03/25/2013 8:34:10 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: ken5050

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.


35 posted on 03/25/2013 8:40:48 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: ken5050

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.


36 posted on 03/25/2013 8:42:01 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: ken5050

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.


37 posted on 03/25/2013 8:43:39 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Thanks for the thread...always very cool.


38 posted on 03/25/2013 8:45:09 AM PDT by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: ken5050

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.


39 posted on 03/25/2013 8:45:21 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101; All
Neat video The Best crosswinds landings ever by bad-assed pilots

That's gotta void the warranty...

40 posted on 03/25/2013 8:49:09 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: EnjoyingLife

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. :)


41 posted on 03/25/2013 8:49:54 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Sequoyah101

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.


42 posted on 03/25/2013 8:50:58 AM PDT by cmdr straker (Buy American save Jobs)
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To: rktman
My manufacture date was ‘47. Keel laid in late ‘46.

Ha!
43 posted on 03/25/2013 8:51:44 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: elcid1970

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.


44 posted on 03/25/2013 8:55:48 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: EnjoyingLife

Hope they secured the nukes this time...

Colonel, USAFR


45 posted on 03/25/2013 9:01:51 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: ken5050

Aw heck, any computer can do better than that.

Not.


46 posted on 03/25/2013 9:03:42 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101

BUFF Alert!! :)


47 posted on 03/25/2013 9:09:36 AM PDT by Radagast the Fool
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To: winodog

I thought so too. That close to the strip it would have to be McCarran (sp).


48 posted on 03/25/2013 9:11:31 AM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: carriage_hill

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....


49 posted on 03/25/2013 9:11:42 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: EnjoyingLife

Bump for desktop background imagery.
And thanks for posting!


50 posted on 03/25/2013 9:12:47 AM PDT by PeteePie (Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people - Proverbs 14:34)
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