Ok, for the record it was me that e-mailed Barksdale PAO. Here is a transcript of the correspondence:
My original inquiry:
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:43 AM
To: 2BW/PA Organizational Account
Subject: B-52H fire and resurrection inquiry
Hello, I'm wondering if you can tell me the tail number for the aircraft that was involved in the cockpit O2 fire that required the replacement B-52H,
61-0007 "Ghost Rider" to be pulled into active service again?
Also, I've read that the two aircraft are sitting next to each other. Is it possible to get pictures of the two next to each other for posterity
Thanks so much,
From: 2BW/PA Organizational Account
Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2015 12:52 PM
Subject:RE: B-52H fire and resurrection inquiry
Mr. (withheld),The B-52 involved in the incident was serial number 61-0049. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing process of reconfiguring these BUFFs, a
photo of the two together would not be possible at this time.If you have any further questions, please let me know. For our records, what is your
V/R,2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs Barksdale Air Force Base,
Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2015 3:03 PM
Subject:Re: B-52H fire and resurrection inquiry
Hello, thanks for your quick response.
The reason for the inquiry is that there seams to be some confusion on the tail number for the damaged B-52H. It was my understanding that tail number
61-0040 was the last production B-52 to come off the line in Oct. 1962. The only match to 61-0049 was an F105D lost in Libya in May of 1962.
There is however a B-52H with tail number 60-0049, and there had been some speculation that there may have been a typo in the official report.
For your records, I'm not affiliated to any one particular media outlet, but rather a member in a group of aviation enthusiast that fact find for
several online aviation blog sites and forums.
Thanks again for your help.
No response as of yet, even though the original response was within hours of my initial inquiry.
As of this morning I have also sent a inquiry to Barksdale's FOIA office (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Sent: Wed, Mar 04, 2015 06:04 AM
Subject: B-52H Serial number 61-0049
Hello, I am trying to determine if a reporting error has occurred in the correct serial number for the B-52H that suffered an O2 fire last year that
required B-52H 61-0007 to be pulled out of Davis-Monthan. That particular damaged B-52 was reported as serial number 61-0049.
The last B-52H to be built was 61-0040 in 1962. There should not be a B-52H with a serial number 61-0049.
There is however a B-52H that has a serial number of 60-0049. I am wondering if this is in fact the correct serial number for the damaged B-52.
The only serial number match to 61-0049 that I have been able to find was an F105D lost in Libya in May of 1962.
Is it possible to get a photo of the tail number for 61-0049 to verify that is was indeed a 61 series B-52?
Thanks for your help.
I will update this thread upon any reply I get.
edit on 4-3-2015 by Sammamishman because: (no reason given)