In 1983, in return for three Avro Vulcan bombers being sent to the US, the US Air Force reciprocated by sending a B-52 (it looks like a D model) from
Carswell AFB in Texas, to the Duxford museum. The aircraft had to be flown in with minimum fuel reserves, and all unnecessary equipment stripped from
it. The runway at Duxford is only 4900 feet long, which is the absolute minimum a B-52 can land on.
After two passes, the crew planted the aircraft on the runway (they actually bounced it, something you don't see a B-52 do every day). To give you
an idea of how small a field we're talking, when they came around the taxiway off the runway, the left hand wingtip gear was rolling in the grass.
The B-52 fuselage took up the entire taxiway area, with no room for anything else.
We got told to go to my father's work one day, he had something to show us. He took us to the hangar, opened the door, and there was a Blackbird
sitting there. We went up to the ropes, he looked at the guard and asked if I could go up to it, the guard said it was fine, I looked at his gun and
said "Nope." He looked back at me and said "It's ok, I won't shoot you."
Hah that's funny I would of been all over that chance as a kid. You have definitely expirenced a lot in your life that's just going by your
knowledge. Also that vid that was mental .. I was looking at the time on the vid thinking hmm 5 or so mins and it's just b52 taking off. But no how
wrong was I
That was back in the day when a MITO take off was 15 seconds. It's up to 30 now. My father used to tell us about ORIs back in the 60s, when the
next plane was rolling before the last one was halfway down the runway. Pilots were briefed that if they had to abort DO NOT STOP ON THE RUNWAY, go
all the way to the high speed turnoff before slowing. He said by the time the third airplane was gone, you couldn't tell if they were airborne until
after they got above the smoke, at which point they were 4 or 5 miles downrange minimum.
My next reply was actually going to be about the taking off I was going to say it seemed all like non stop rolling one after the other very
impressive. Also just as a favour Zaph next time you put some acronyms in your replies any chance you can put the meaning I'm brackets after I like to
learn and this makes it easy .. Only of you remember of course
And I can see why the planes would be 4 odd miles out till you could see them, that's another thing I loved seeing when a b52 flew was the thick
plumes of black smoke .. And smell aviation fuel just aye to top it off
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Ha thanks sorry I know I could look
It up myself just easy when reading when you know what it is. Regarding the b52 I recall a special manoeuvre using the four sets of wheels, they could
angle the aircraft at a certain angle while going along the taxiways
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