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B52 Emergency landing at Mildenhall

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posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 02:08 PM
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We had an unexpected visitor Monday...60-009 had an in air emergency and landed at Mildenhall. The #7 engine caught fire and the crew landed the beast with no incident. I wish I could show you pics but we cant take pics on the flightline....mmmhmm. Anyway, the fire burned through the engine cowling and made a mess. Two generators went offline. The FD emptied two trucks on her as it was a no snip fire.

I cant comment on any tactical or mission stuff, but what a beauty sittin on the runway. Needless t say, hoops were jumped and waivers granted aplenty getting her parked!!!!!

luv my job sometimes!

www.cambridge-news.co.uk...


As an aside...check out this video of an Su-27 intercepting said bomber over the Black Sea.

www.rt.com...


Ahh..... war games eh.




posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 02:19 PM
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a reply to: lakenheath24


light enthusiast Tony Kelly watched the incident unfold at Woodstock Farm Campsite near Wereham, Norfolk, at around 7pm on Monday.


They have a Woodstock in the UK hmm



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 02:24 PM
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a reply to: lakenheath24

Number 5 was overheating, and #7 was on fire. They sprayed down the inboard pod while another crew was dealing with the fire in the outboard pod. Lots of pics, including ones where you can see the fire in the engine, but none are mine, so I don't want to publish any without permission.
edit on 6/18/2019 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 02:59 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

I was 100 ft away....debriefed the crew. No panic....just a nonchalant meh. Lol



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 02:59 PM
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They were talking about replacing the Pratt&Whitney TF33 engines with BMW and Rolls-Royce design F130 engines (but
to be assembled in the US). With Trump demanding "America first" solutions, not sure that is still a plan option.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 03:04 PM
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a reply to: lakenheath24

Yeah, I saw a shot of them running from the aircraft, but that's pretty much SOP. I figured they wouldn't be too worried about it. They can handle a six engine approach easily enough.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 03:05 PM
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a reply to: Slichter

The money is in the budget request, but Congress wants a detailed plan from the Air Force, instead of the shotgun approach they usually use. They should see the first aircraft sometime around 2022 or 2023.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 03:50 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

We tried to get them to pull off on the taxi way...no way...shut her down on the runway. Problem is we had no tow bar or someone tow qualified.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 03:54 PM
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a reply to: lakenheath24

Yeah, I heard that they had to truck the bar up from Fairford. I was surprised to see they were able to get her moved by last night. Heh. Moving them off the runway, with narrow taxiways is always fun. Gotta have someone with a radio to talk them through turns.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 04:22 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

I wanted to stay and do it but nah...didnt happen til way late. Funny how snip happens like clockworrk when it HAS too!



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 04:40 PM
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a reply to: lakenheath24

For years I would ride with Base Ops for launch and recovery. If they went down the centerline and followed the turn lines, the outboard gear would take out every light on the taxiway.

Then I decided drag chute detail was more fun.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 05:22 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Delta is extra wide so no probs there. That was my first chute packing experience..took 4 peeps. Getting old!!!!! I noticed the pilot left his window open for some reason. Sooooo, of course we had to climb up and close it.....we didnt pose for pics though.


Forgot what a sweet looking airplane the BUFF is, especially at night with a couple Light-alls on it.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 05:33 PM
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a reply to: lakenheath24

We used to use two to pick them up off the runway. They aren't bad until you get to the clip. That thing is the killer. From what I've been told, up until the H, it was much easier to load the thing back after you pack it. There were changes to the internal structure on the H that required the chute to be moved making it harder.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 09:26 PM
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My old outfit stationed in Iceland, 1973, had an old EC-121 divert there because of weather at Reykjavík. It broke a main axle on landing and I was one of the crew sent to repair it.



posted on Jul, 11 2019 @ 02:21 PM
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She's going to be there a good minute. The Air Force is having a hell of a time finding the required parts, and they're checking all 8 engines. They discussed going to the Boneyard for parts, but it was determined that would be difficult and expensive. So they might have to raid a cann jet to get the parts, and fly them in.



posted on Jul, 11 2019 @ 05:20 PM
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Why does the term Midnight Spares come to mind?



posted on Jul, 11 2019 @ 10:39 PM
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And now an E-3 makes an emergency landing with another TF33 engine fire. More parts shortage.



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