50 Years Later....B-52 Still Chugging Along

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50 Years Later....B-52 Still Chugging Along

Post by Wabash » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:19 am

A cold war icon continues to be reinvented.


For Air Force Capt. Daniel "Swoop" Welch, flying a B-52 bomber has become the family business.

His father, retired Lt. Col. Don Welch, was trained to drop nuclear bombs with the aircraft during the height of the Cold War. His grandfather, retired Col. Don Sprague, flew B-52 combat missions in Vietnam.

"It is definitely a testament to the robust design of the B-52," said Welch, 28. "Getting to fly the same aircraft as my father and grandfather has been pretty cool."
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Re: 50 Years Later....B-52 Still Chugging Along

Post by Parrotpaul » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:25 am

The BUFF...spent my last year 66-67 in the AF watching 91st Bomb Wing B-52s come and go in Montana.....Arc Light...some didn't come back. Always liked to watch them lumber into the sky with eight kerosene trails as exhaust. They almost looked level at take-off....as if they just lifted and went....toggle wheels at the ends of the wings in the event of a hard landing the wing tips wouldn't scrape.
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Re: 50 Years Later....B-52 Still Chugging Along

Post by John Q. Public » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:11 am

"Lumber" is the word for it. I used to see them at March when I'd go by and it seemed like they took 4 or 5 miles to take off. I didn't know they had a runway that long.
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Re: 50 Years Later....B-52 Still Chugging Along

Post by Troglodyte » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:45 am

The runway at Westover AFB in Mass was 10 miles.. The buffs used a good part of it, and the fully loaded KC-135s almost over ran it on take offs. In 1961 I was assigned shortly to the 99th air refueling wing when I came back from Iceland. Our job was refueling the fully armed buffs during operation steel trap. Those poor bastards spent days at time doing donuts above the arctic circle waiting for the "code".
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