posted on Nov, 27 2013 @ 07:32 PM
A pair of B-52s flying over Alaska were tasked with an unusual mission on November 10th. Search and Rescue of a Cessna pilot who was lost in bad
weather and couldn't hear ATCC.
Hail 13 and Hail 14 were the callsigns of a pair of B-52s flying out of Barksdale on a flight that would take them over Alaska and back to Barksdale.
While over Alaska they received word of a Cessna that had lost contact with ATCC after flying into clouds and getting disoriented. After checking
fuel levels to confirm they could still make it back to Barksdale, they went looking for the pilot.
They found the aircraft still flying, but too low to hear ATCC. He had dropped to low levels to keep visual contact with the terrain in the area he
was flying in. Hail 13 acted as a radio relay for the pilot and ATCC, passing information back and forth. They also were high enough to activate the
airport lights at the field the pilot was flying into.
Who knew the B-52 could perform SAR missions as well?