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Tag: B-52 Stratofortress

The sad story of the 1969 Loring Air Force Base B-52 Crash
“The B-52 had crashed shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board and, because it was fully loaded with hundreds of thousands of pounds of fuel, creating a massive conflagration off the end of the runway,” Jay Lacklen former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the...
Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 SABR could be B-52 New Radar
Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 SABR is under consideration by Boeing for the B-52 Bomber Modernization Radar System Northrop Grumman has successfully integrated the advanced AN/APG-83 SABR system onto multiple configurations of F-16 aircraft and is now taking the next step in expanding to additional platforms, including the U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress...
Upgrade allows BUFF’s Conventional Rotary Launcher to power up to eight munitions at one time
In addition to being able to deliver more munitions in less time, the modified CRL can also carry greater payloads of specific kinds of munitions. An upgrade to the B-52 Stratofortress and the Conventional Rotary Launcher (CRL) was tested, on Feb. 11, 2019. The change is designed to increase mission flexibility and...
The Palomares Broken Arrow Accident
The B-52’s incoming speed was too fast and caused the aircraft to collide with the KC-135’s fueling boom. Major Larry G. Messinger, one of the bomber co-pilots, recalled, “All of a sudden, all hell seemed to break loose.” The U.S. military uses the term “Broken Arrow” to refer to an accident that involves...
Barksdale Panel to reveal details on Operation Secret Squirrel, the BUFF Top Secret mission that launched the first strike of Operation Desert Storm
Code named Operation Senior Surprise, aka Secret Squirrel, this 35 hour mission was the first combat use of the Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile At 3:00 a.m. on the rainy morning of Jan. 16, 1991, Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) crews were awakened to the alert, “All Sierra crews report to the...
That Time a B-52 Aircrew Fell Asleep While RTB from a Bomb Run during the Vietnam War
"We were lead aircraft with #2 and #3 echeloned loosely behind us. Looking out my right window, I discovered #2 was slowly drawing abeam. Both #2 aircraft’s pilots were dead-ass asleep, with the plane on autopilot," Jay Lacklen former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying...
This B-52 Squadron Commander has been fired for penis drawings in BUFF cockpit
Penis drawings were discovered on a moving map software displayed on the nuclear-capable B-52's Combat Network Communication Technology (CONECT) On Nov. 27, 2018, Lt. Col. Paul Goossen, B-52 Stratofortress pilot and 69th Bomb Squadron commander at Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota, was relieved from duty after sexually explicit and phallic drawings were discovered inside the bomber's cockpit screens...
Here's how B-52 tail gunners made of the BUFF a MiG killer
"I fired at the bandit until it ballooned to 3 times in intensity then suddenly disappeared from my radar scope at approximately 1,200 yards, 6:30 low. I expended 800 rounds in 3 bursts," Airman 1st Class Albert Moore, B-52D Diamond Lil tail gunner If the U.S. Air Force Academy's landmarks could speak, the B-52 Stratofortress near the north gate would...
B-52J's upgrades would include a defensive systems and avionics modernization, a crash-survivable flight data recorder, a weapons system trainer, advanced targeting pod relocation and an ejection seat The U.S. Air Force (USAF) could undertake a major upgrade of the iconic BUFF. As reported by Aviation Week in fact the service may formalize plans for a B-52J upgrade variant of its venerable...
Former B-52 Instructor Pilot remembers Training Incidents
"We could have been throwing up dust clouds behind us, we were so low. One wrong move and we'd have been splattered over miles of cactus," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 Instructor Pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the Line: An Air Force Pilot’s Journey and Flying the Line: An...