posted on Jul, 29 2011 @ 09:12 PM
Originally posted by 2buckchuck
reply to post by firepilot
I stumbled onto this thred lookiing for something else. and although I have personally witnessed substances other than engine exhaust being emitted
from aircraft, while at the same time seeing the exhaust, I dont have a comment about that, here.
my comment is in reference to the runways in nebraska being too short for large military aircraft to come and go.
I was in thw air force for 4 years, stationed mostly at minot afb in ND. A SAC base, with KC-135's and b-52's, among other aircraft.
during one preparedness exercise the B-52's, which are the largest bomber aircraft in the airforce, performed a MITO (minimal interval take off
exercise.) they travelled about half way down the runway, as an educated guess I'd say 2500 ft, and then shot STRAIGHT UP. Now anyone whos seen
these big birds take off know they land and take off parallel to the ground, and slow. I learned that day what real capabilities they had.
The C-130 is made for short take offs and landings, everybody knows that. Not everybody knows what the b52's and kc-135's can and do, do.
another side note, someone mentioned the airport in nebraska housing the ANG wing was a public airport and therefore it couldnt be used for such
Yeah well, the airport in harrisburg Pa is also public, and it houses an AF wing that is HQ for the COMMANDO SOLO program, the airborne Psy-ops wing
of the AF. This public facility is home to some of the most secretive and little known about members of the air force (area 51 notwithstanding).
Theres a lot you don't knnow about. Or maybe you do.
Sorry, B-52s can not take off straight up, they do not have the power for it. Actually they are even a little bit nose down during climbout.
Yes, people know exactly what the KC-135 can do, there is nothing secret about it. It has the same engines as airliners, and it was derived from the
Boeing 720/707 series.
The EC-130 COMMANDO SOLO aircraft are not as widely known about, but its not something hidden. Their mission, # of aircraft, and type of aircraft, are
public knowledge. Nothing to do however with a ANG KC-135 unit