Tag: strategic bomber

USAF to upgrade B-1B Lancer's rotary launcher
Of the fleet of 61 B-1B Lancers, 15 are in depot maintenance and 39 aircraft are down for inspections or other issues. At the Senate confirmation hearing for Gen. John Hyten on Jul. 30, 2019 it was disclosed that the U.S. Air Force has only six fully mission-capable B-1B bombers.
USAF denies that it is preparing to put nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert
Once the B-52H receives a slew of modifications adding up to a “major modification,” the USAF is likely to redesignate it as the B-52J.   Once the B-52H receives a slew of modifications adding up to a “major modification,” the U.S. Air Force (USAF) is likely to redesignate it as the B-52J, Brig....
Impressive video shows gigantic B-36 Peacemaker buzzing Forth Worth Neighborhood
Neighbors in the Ridglea area south of Carswell AFB reported TV antennas snagged from roofs and structural damage to some homes The impressive footage in this post shows a Convair B-36 Peacemaker strategic bomber performing a low pass over Fort Worth neighborhood. Neighbors in the Ridglea area south of Carswell Air Force...
Horrific Video of the recent Russian Tu-22M3 Bomber crash surfaced
Two crew members of the Tu-22M3 died in the incident while two others were injured The horrific video in this post shows the recent crash of a Russian Air and Space Force (RuASF) Tupolev Tu-22M3 (NATO reporting name: Backfire) supersonic strategic bomber. Noteworthy as we have recently reported the aircraft crashed in...
Two Crew Members killed in Tu-22M3 Backfire Supersonic Bomber crash in Murmansk Region
The Tu-22M3 crashed in Russia’s north-west while trying to make a landing during a sudden snowstorm A Tu-22M3 (NATO reporting name: Backfire) supersonic strategic bomber has crashed in Russia’s north-west while trying to make a landing during a sudden snowstorm on Jan. 22, 2019. According to RT two crew members died in...
Here’s why the B-58’s Tail Gun Rounds moved Backwards when They Left the Muzzle
The tail gun of the B-58 boasted many firsts for an aircraft defensive gun including the first fully automatic defensive gun fire control system The U.S. Air Force's first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. The four engine delta winged aircraft was the world’s...
Remembering the 1952 Carswell AFB Tornado that damaged two-thirds of SAC’s B-36 Force
Maintenance docks used to work on the B-36 bombers outdoors were thrown about and the steel cables tying down the bombers snapped as the planes were thrown about by the tornado like toys. In the 1950s, prior to the arrival of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the responsibility for the long-range strategic deterrent...
A representative description of an air display routine by Vulcan XH558
Those who have seen Vulcan XH558 display can’t fail to have been impressed. Few aircraft have had such an impact on air shows in recent years. The following article titled Vulcan display appeared in Issue 7 – Avro Vulcan of Aviation Classic. Vulcan XH558 was the last remaining airworthy example of the 134 Avro Vulcan jet powered delta winged strategic nuclear bomber aircraft...
The controversial crash of Vulcan XA897, the first Vulcan B1 to be delivered to the Royal Air Force
A few hundred yards short of the runway, Vulcan XA897 hit the ground before bouncing back into the air... Although the Vulcan had a normal crew of five (two pilots, two navigators and an Air Electronics Operator), only the pilot and co-pilot were provided with ejection seats... In September 1956, the Royal Air Force (RAF) received Vulcan XA897, its first Vulcan B 1, which...
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...