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Under the provisions of the SALT II treaty, aircraft carrying cruise missiles must be readily identifiable as such by reconnaissance satellites, so the AGM-86B-equipped B-52G was provided with non-functional wing root fairings known as "strakelets". The modification had to be visible from above so that spy satellites could confirm the number of cruise missile-capable aircraft, and it had to be made aerodynamically and structurally integral with the aircraft so that the change could not be quickly altered or moved from one aircraft to another.
In accordance with the SALT II strategic arms-limitation treaty, "cruise missile carrier (CMC)" B-52Gs were fitted with small leading-edge wingroot extensions called "strakelets" so they could be recognized by reconnaissance satellites. The strakelets were not fitted to B-52Hs, since all of them were CMCs and they were easily recognized by their TF-33 turbofan engines, but when B-52Hs were upgraded to the CMC configuration they were fitted with a pair of distinctive AN/ALT-32 "elephant ear" antennas on the rear fuselage as a recognition feature. They were not connected to anything.
Originally posted by MDDoxs
I have particpated and followed in your thread for some months now and I just wanted to thank you for what you have shared thus far. I did have a question that may have already been asked, but I will ask again;
Have you every been working and an aircraft appeared and you had a genuine "What the hell is that moment" with regards to unique aircraft?
Edit: Obviously, I dont want you to reveal info that would comprise your respondsibilities , just thought i would askedit on 6-11-2012 by MDDoxs because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ajsr71
reply to post by gariac
This is a B-52G with the large Wing root bulge- strakelet.
B-52 Gedit on 6-11-2012 by ajsr71 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Poopisatoy
If you don't mind me asking, how did you snag up a job like this?
Thanks, Just made an account but I usually snoop around the forums a bit.
Originally posted by GroomLakePolishFAN
Can you tell me that B-52 was landing and took off from Groom in 2002-2004? B-52 is not a classified aircraft so I think that this information isn't nothing secret. Is it possible that B-52 was tested or transported some materials to Groom in 1999?