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Tag: Loring Air Force Base

The Story of North Star, the KC-135 Stratotanker that Saved an F-4 Phantom over the Atlantic
The KC-135 Stratotanker North Star had its landing gear down and its engines at idling speed in an attempt to slow down enough to match the F-4 Phantom’s speed and perform a midair tow. Ron Craft, a KC-135 Stratotanker crew member who was stationed at Loring Air Force Base (AFB) from 1981...
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...
Former BUFF driver shares Near-Death Experiences he had as B-52 pilot
"The B-52 suddenly snapped nose down ten degrees, a horrendous and panic-inducing loss of control that promised to kill us all in about ten seconds as the moonlit pine forest below us filled the windscreen and rushed toward us," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the...
Descending into Armageddon: SAC Go Codes
If instructed, the orbiting crews would open their top-secret decoders and validate the "Go Codes" sent by radio from SAC headquarters in Omaha, NE. If the Go Codes were validated, crews were ordered to complete their dreaded missions 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...

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