Originally posted by gariac
reply to post by Zaphod58
On a flying wing, I have to scratch my head a bit to delineate the fuselage. ;-) Now the exhaust is on the top, so are we talking about something on
top and between the exhaust? But then the flaps only cover the bottom. So I'm still not clear here.
Combat mode makes sense to me. Or perhaps silent running. I have no idea how they bomb in theater. That is, do they have fighter accompaniment? If
not, then there really is no one to talk to.
Seems to me they do need a radio to talk to boomer.
Alright since you guys nailed it i'll tell you. There's two antenna's on the top of the B-2 in between the engines on the "middle" triangle if that
makes sense. You will never see them in a photo unless a boom does something stupid and takes a pic of them
That being said, I don't have any pics
of the antenna's because if they can't retract them for some reason they tell us the code for basically "no pics, no passengers" in the boom pod. I
don't know what we can learn from them though. But i will say they are about 10"-12" tall. I've seen them out probably three times total. We get a
TS clearance for three things, and the B-2 is one of them. If they are out, then taking pictures is strictly prohibited because it becomes a TS
Another cool thing is the receptacle. Its a rolling receptacle that they have to tell us when they open it, and they only open it when they are in
pre-contact position (about 50 feet). This is because of the stealth. They have to tell us because as soon as they "roll" the receptacle as they call
it, our TCAS goes nuts because it wasn't there one second and was the next.
In regards to bombing operations, no I've never seen them with fighter escorts. Why give up their position with non stealth aircraft? Although the
F-117 would fly with fighter escorts to a certain point in the bombing run and the fighters would bank off leaving the F-117 to fend for itself.
Talking to their pilots, I may have heard through the grape vine that when the fighter escort leaves them, they can't bank more than three degrees on
the final bombing run or they are less stealthy. That may be job talk but it did come from a F-117 pilot.
Back to the B-2 in theatre. Depending on what EMCON (or whatever they call it these days) we are operating under depends on what radios we can use.
Technically they never have to talk to the tanker all the way to contact. We will be at the point at a certain time and they meet up with us. I have
lights on the bottom of the jet to guide them forward, backwards, etc. using a switch in the boom pod. However, once in contact, we have the boom
interphone, which is a radio system that runs through the boom and taps into the receiver aircrafts normal intercoms. it allows the boom and the
receiver pilot to talk during contact without it being broadcasted everywhere.
One final thing, when we are in contact, we really don't have to talk to the pilot, unless it's like a training sortie back in the states or something
and they need some help staying in the envelope. But if it's night time, we have to get the tail numbers of every receiver aircraft we refuel so we
can charge that wing. Lots of paperwork...
Hope this helps!
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