Archive for December, 2012

Year of the B-52 – Day 3

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

The business end of the mighty B-52 is to deliver conventional and nuclear weapons. Sure it’s got a great set of pilots, and an world class Electronic Warfare Officer But at the end of the day, the BUFF is there to drop bombs. Day 3 at Barksdale AFB was a chance to see the various […]

Year of the B-52 – Day 2 Part 2

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

2058 Zulu “SKULL23 Flight, cleared for take off runway 33.” As the heavy B-52 Stratofortress in front of us released their breaks and lumbered onto Runway 33 at Barksdale AFB, LA, the Co-pilot of our B-52 started the ‘hack’ on the stopwatch. We would time our take off to be exactly 30 seconds behind the […]

Year of the B-52 – Day 2 Part 1

Friday, December 14th, 2012

You would think that an airplane 159 feet long and 40 feet high would have plenty of space. After all, it has 8 massive engines, and is roughly the same size as a jumbo jet. But the answer is that it does not have a lot of space. Well, not for people at least. When […]

Year of the B-52 – Day 1

Monday, December 10th, 2012

When I was a child, I was fascinated with airplanes. When I heard an airplane, I looked up. When I dreamt, it was about flying. And when I lay in my bed and stared at the ceiling, it was up at a mighty B-52 Stratofortress with a black belly and lizard camo. It was a […]

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