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Great B-52 video

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posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 03:08 PM
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Found this on an aviation blog. It's a great video of a new cartridge start procedure used on the B-52, involving explosives in two engines to get an immediate start, then the others are started heading for the runway. What makes this a fun video is that it's showing a large number of B-52s in a MITO.





posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 03:25 PM
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People are so used to seeing airplanes flying around that its easy to lose sight of just how amazing it is that something that HUGE can lift off the ground and fly thousands of miles. Very cool video



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 03:48 PM
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Better B-52 video



Make love, not war.



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 03:56 PM
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Pretty amazing. I'm curious how long it takes from the initial alert to get the crews to their planes and get the whole bomber wing in the air? I noticed there was a cut early in the video, just wondering how much was cut out there. It didn't appear to be more than a few minutes, so the whole thing can't be more than 12 or so minutes which, as I said, is pretty amazing.

And just because, here's another great B-52 video
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edit on 6/19/2012 by LifeInDeath because: (no reason given)



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 04:02 PM
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In an actual alert situation, the first aircraft can be lifting off the runway within about 10-12 minutes using a cartridge start. They roll off at 30 second intervals once they're on the runway.



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 04:04 PM
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Very interesting I found this.
Cart Starts


During these launches, a small-controlled explosive is inserted into two of the eight engines located on the B-52. "The charges basically jumpstart the engines, removing the need to bring out the aerospace ground equipment used on normal launches," said Tech. Sgt. Andrew Poole, 36th EAMXS crew chief. "By removing these steps we increase the aircrafts startup time from more than an hour to less than 10 minutes." Normally B-52s are supplied with an alternate energy source and an air supply to start the engines. Using the cart-start launch, an engine with a generator is started immediately, and the remaining engines are started while the aircraft taxis to the end of runway.



posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 04:09 PM
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It used to be that they used shotgun shells, and it would scare the hell out of you if you'd never seen one before. I got to see a B-57 use one, and even expecting it, it still got my heart racing.

0.tqn.com...
www.aviationspectator.com...
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www.flickr.com...@N05/4593420053/

What was also fun was that the older B-52s (A-G models) used a water injection system to take off when they were heavy, so when you had a MITO like in the video, by the time aircraft number 3 was rolling down the runway the pilots couldn't see anything, and the ground crews never saw him until he climbed out over the smoke.



posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 12:02 PM
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In the film "A Gathering of Eagles" there are lots of impressive B52 shots...including a MITO take off with the two main characters about 20 foot off the end of the runway.....!



posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 12:11 PM
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I believe that's the one. God I miss the water burning days.



posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 07:53 PM
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Way back befoer my time varius commonwealth airforces used Vampires that had cartridge starts......and couldn't be restarted in the air if they flamed out - they didnt' have an APU or an electric starter!

Some of my colleagues are old enough to have flown them or worked on them & apparently pilots were VERY careful about how they manouvred!



posted on Jun, 30 2012 @ 12:08 AM
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Here is a MITO launch of B-52’s and K-135’s from 1987 I found on LiveLeak recently...

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Global Shield Minimum Interval Take Off (MITO) launch of B-52’s and K-135’s video link


This is how we did the MITO back in the day.
These are B-52G's and KC-135A's from the 416 BMW, at the former Griffiss AFB, NY. The Buff with the old "lizard" paint scheme is piloted by Capt. John Hannan. The loud voices you hear are the maintenance specialists that worked all night getting the aircraft ready.


Global Shield Minimum Interval Take Off (MITO) launch of B-52’s and K-135’s back in 1987. What you’re seeing in the video is taking place, simultaneously, at every SAC base in the United States. Every B-52 in the video was eventually sent to the boneyard by HW Bush to be chopped up according to STAT Treaty. We went from a fleet of 300 of these monsters to under 70 today.
You’ll notice the KC-135’s are flying heavy by the amount of runway they’re taking and they’re also trying to fly under the jet wash of the BUFF’s. The turbulence really bounces them around. "







 
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