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Tag: Minimum Interval Takeoff

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 B-52 driver explains what it's like performing a Minimum Interval Takeoff (MITO) departure
"One of the most insane maneuvers we practiced in SAC was the MITO, where we would take off fifteen seconds behind the preceding B-52 to practice our wartime departure procedures," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 pilot The cool video in this post features U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress bombers during a Minimum Interval Takeoff (MITO) exercise. A Minimum Interval Takeoff is...
18 fully armed F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter bombers conduct elephant walk exercise at Misawa Air Base
Often an elephant walk takes place right before a Minimum Interval Takeoff  Taken on Sep. 16, 2017 during exercise Beverly Sunrise (BS) 17-07 the cool photos in this post show 18 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 13th and 14th Fighter Squadron lining the runway during an elephant walk at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Noteworthy BS 17-07 is a simulated deployment to...
The term elephant walk dates to WW II when those who observed this said that the taxiing of these large numbers of aircraft to takeoff in single file in nose-to-tail formations looked like elephants walking to the next watering hole Taken on May 22, 2017 the cool pictures in this post feature aircraft from the 23d Wing conducting a surge...