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Former BUFF driver explains B-52D’s Emergency Procedures
The “D” also used very high pressure pneumatic air. The emergency procedure if this system sprung a leak proved the most severe I have ever encountered in any airplane manual. It warned that a pneumatic leak “constituted an impending disaster,”Jay Lacklen former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot...
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...
Former North Vietnamese MiG-21 pilot explains how he was able to shoot down a USAF B-52 during Operation Linebacker II
"I launched two heat seeking missiles from a distance of 2 kilometers. Big flames were visible around the second B-52 when I broke sharply to the left and descended to 2,000 meters," Pham Tuan, former NVAF MiG-21 pilot In response to the North Vietnamese "Easter Offensive" into South Vietnam in 1972, President Nixon suspended peace talks on May 8 and ordered...
Former B-52D pilot tells the story of a scary bomb run during the Vietnam War
"Then the bomb run began in the early morning darkness over an Asian jungle. Our three-abreast, triangular-shaped formation banked steeply, ominously, onto the bomb run heading...," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a retired Air Force reserve Lt Col with 12,500 flying hours who teaches Air Force pilot training simulators at Columbus Air Force Base (AFB), Mississippi. In...
Operation Arc Light: when the iconic B-52 Stratofortress earned the nickname "BUFF"
Flying too high to be seen or heard B-52 bombers became one of the weapons most feared by the Viet Cong Even if the B-52 was born to be the mainstay of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) nuclear deterrent, the Stratofortress flew her first combat missions as conventional bomber during the Vietnam War: in fact the B-52 was used to...
Impressive photos show B-52 bombers taking part in Operation Linebacker II, the Christmas bombings over North Vietnam which took place 45 years ago
During Operations Freedom Train and Linebacker the B-52 community played a major role in bringing north Vietnam back the negotiating table From Dec. 18 to Dec. 29, 1972, Andersen launched 729 sorties against 34 targets in North Vietnam as part of Operation Linebacker II. Andersen became the home to over 15,000 Airmen, 153 B-52 bombers and 20 support aircraft during...
Here's how B-52 tail gunners made of the BUFF a MiG killer
The BUFF MiG kills were both scored during Operation Linebacker II, the Christmas strategic air offensive against the industrial and logistical heart of North Vietnam The BUFF MiG kills during the Vietnam War. The Boeing B-52 is the ultimate embodiment of the principle of strategic air power: developed to carry a hydrogen bomb over intercontinental ranges, the Stratofortress was used extensively...

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