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Discussion in 'General Craps Discussion' started by TDVegas, Nov 17, 2019.
I'm sure I would have enjoyed the show more had I been there. But without your coverage, I would have seen nothing. I enjoyed the photos and videos. Awesome force have we. Thanks for sharing!
You're welcome, Horn.
I always knew the B-52 had long wings....but you don't get the full effect of how long they actually are until you are standing underneath. I could not believe it....it almost seems like they are too long and want to sag to the ground or snap off. There's also landing gear at the wing tips which prevents that.
The extended ailerons looked like they were 16 feet by 8 feet. Just enormous hunks of metal integrated into the wing.
Some of these aircraft are 50+ years old (C-5) or 60+ (B-52)....and they still look great in 2019. Even the F-15, which was early 1970's and now a 40+ year old design was flying around with a huge wow factor. The cracking turbofans on afterburner is simply heart pumping.
Good stuff. Anyone who gets a chance to go to an air show shouldn't pass.
Stock photo of the B-52 ailerons. Up close....I tell ya, just enormous pieces of metal hanging off the wing.
I like this topic TD...
The outriggers are there to keep the wings off the ground during refueling and to help with landing as the main gear are under a skinny fuselage.......you should see the plane landing during a crosswind......kinda blows youre mind first couple of times you see it......gear straight, plane yaws.
The plane carries more fuel than the plane weighs.....and the wings move up about 15 feet and down about 15 feet.....you can see the flex when they are loaded on the ground ( wings low) and when they are in flight.( wings high)
It is quite the plane...and with the new engines scheduled for it, plans to fly till 2050...( 100 years)
Don't remember the details, but do recall that OAP had some Navy-air connections. Anyone remember the specifics?
Definitely Navy man. Probably late 1950's-early 1960's? I can't recall where he was stationed or what ship but I do know he was in the San Diego area.
I would have to look up a search history of his postings. I think he was on a carrier.
Thanks for these! Brings back memories of ten years on active duty, love that sound. I've flown in at least once, often many times (not pilot)
Navy super stallion helicopter
I did a three-month course at Nellis when I became an Aggressor Controller back in 1988, the Thunderbirds practiced an entire airshow every week when they were there. Fun times!
You’re welcome. The base is first rate. Lot of respect goes out to our men and women serving our country.
Impressive show in every respect. Thunderbirds are amazing.
Thanks for your service.
Those are not ailerons, on a B-52s wings, they are flaps. B-52s use spoilers to change their roll axis, instead of ailerons.
I found this on OAP.....
"I was not a navy pilot, I am a private pilot. I flew aircrew in the navy, the old A-3D, jokingly stands for (All three dead). We were the navy's largest carrier based plane, nic-named "The Heavy". We were the Nuke delivery aircraft for the navy. I had more than my share of cats and traps, in good weather, bad weather, and terrible weather, and more than thankful I'm still here today. That was during the Nam time, but we never flew over country, we had tanker capabilities also, and would lay off the coast to give the fighter boys a drink to get 'em back home. Some great memories, and some not so great...left a few friends over there."
not my D model....777
I was in boot camp during the Iranian hostage deal. They asked for volunteers to switch their career field to B-52 tailgunner. Nobody stood up. Lol.
That was NOT a D- model. It was the H-model, the only ones currently in service. It was from either Barksdale, or Minot, the only two bases, left, with active B-52 squadrons. I can't read the tail lettering, so I can't tell you which.
I think I know what a D model looks like..........I wanted to correct your implication that all B-52's use spoilers.....the D model did not have spoilers.........also, you are almost correct on the bases.....you got 2 out of three.......better than your football picks.
What's the third? I'll have to take your word on the D model, as I've never flown that model. I do know they had a taller tail.