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Rolls-Royce to offer F130 turbofan for B-52 re-engine competition. If it wins, it will build them in Indianapolis.
For its fleet of 76 B-52s, the Air Force needs over 600 engines, plus some spares. Rolls-Royce pegged the requirement at 650 engines. Rolls-Royce will offer the F130, a variant of the commercial BR700, engine for the US Air Force (USAF) B-52 re-engine program and has chosen its facility in Indianapolis to...
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...
Remembering Capt. Thomas, the co-pilot of Charcoal 01, the first B-52 shot down during Operation Linebacker II
He was the father of Derrick Thomas, a linebacker and defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs who was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2009. Capt Thomas never got to see his son play football An American flag serves as a backdrop to an image of Capt. Robert J....
"As we approached the helo-ship, I noticed ten guys facing us, standing in a line across the landing pad. As we approached, all ten turned, dropped their pants, and mooned us. Navy guys, what a hoot!" 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...
Video shows crash animation of Operation Babylift C-5 accident
"On this clear night I could sense the outline of southern Spain and northern Africa, a spectacular panoramic view from my space ship," Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former C-5 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 Air Force Pilot’s Journey...
Ten bomber crews will train at Ellsworth AFB to learn how to fight without GPS coverage
In the event of serious conflict the GPS system is probably one of the first systems any enemy will target Ten B-52, B-1 and B-2 bomber crews are at Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB) for an exercise to learn how to fight when GPS signals are jammed. In the event of serious conflict in fact, the GPS system is probably one...
Former C-5 pilot remembers his training on the Mighty FRED
"The C-5 is marginally larger than a Boeing 747. I joked that if the 747 guys would keep their 'little' airplane out of my way, I'd keep my little wallet out of their way." Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former C-5 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the Line: An Air Force...
The Death Spiral of Swoon 52: the story of the B-52 bomber that crashed into Hunt's Mesa during a low level training sortie
"As the plane leveled off, Hunt’s Mesa suddenly appeared above the aircraft on the crew’s radar scopes that displayed the plane’s position well below the mesa rim. The pilot firewalled the engines and started a steep climb to clear the ridge, but the effort proved too late," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500...
USAF to start B-52 re-engine competition in the first quarter of 2019
The USAF  is looking to acquire at least 608 new, commercially available turbofan engines to replace the eight Pratt & Whitney TF33s each B-52 carries The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is gearing up to start the process of getting new engines for the B-52 bomber in the first quarter of 2019. Flight Global says a winner will be selected four to...
Do you know why this B-52 bomber sits on this giant trestle?
Code-named Trestle, ATLAS-I program goal was testing the effects of electromagnetic pulses of damaging radiation on SAC bombers Developments in the field of atomic weapons during the 1940s helped lay the foundations for the Cold War, and it was under this perceived threat of a potential nuclear attack on American soil that Sandia National Laboratories devised their own playground for...