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(StumbleUpon)   "Hey, USS Ranger tower control, can we do a fly-by?" "Umm...sure. You're aware you're piloting a B-52, right?" "Yep...Someone hold my beer and watch this"   (stumbleupon.com) divider line 159
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2012-11-11 04:24:29 PM  
I happen to be sitting next to a 26-year navy guy who has seen Buffs flying low.

The water is not serene underneath.
 
2012-11-11 06:12:53 PM  
Badass, but ground effect might have ruined their day. Still, Badass.
 
2012-11-11 06:13:01 PM  
Dad flew them. Always loved his model on his desk. It sits on mine now. Awesome pic. Go Go Air Force!
 
2012-11-11 06:17:22 PM  
Ground effect makes it more possible, rather than less.
 
2012-11-11 06:44:47 PM  
At least they didn't explode:

Maverick requesting permission for flyby... TALK TO ME GOOSE!"

/I think both pilot and navigator lived in that one. He says "two chutes", so I'm hopeful.
//B-52 at mere feet above sea level? Holy crap!
//Heard they used to ask the B-1 boys to buzz the mountains in Afghanistan to scare the sh*t out of the Taliban.
 
2012-11-11 06:46:17 PM  
Oh, nice headline and find, subby. Glad others joined in the plus one action. The pic is great, imho
 
2012-11-11 07:14:59 PM  
WTF is this StumbleUpon crap?
 
2012-11-11 07:16:35 PM  
HO
LY
SHIAT.
 
2012-11-11 07:18:29 PM  
Negative Ghost Rider....the pattern is full

lh6.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-11-11 07:20:02 PM  
Buzz a carrier..oh Hell yeah...

www.lassothemovies.com
 
2012-11-11 07:20:51 PM  
that pic made my nipples rock hard.

/TMI?
 
2012-11-11 07:21:04 PM  

Gyrfalcon: HO
LY
SHIAT.

 
2012-11-11 07:22:11 PM  

NewportBarGuy: At least they didn't explode:

Maverick requesting permission for flyby... TALK TO ME GOOSE!"

/I think both pilot and navigator lived in that one. He says "two chutes", so I'm hopeful.
//B-52 at mere feet above sea level? Holy crap!
//Heard they used to ask the B-1 boys to buzz the mountains in Afghanistan to scare the sh*t out of the Taliban.


"when this thing hits 88 mph, you're going to see some serious shiat."

lol
 
2012-11-11 07:23:14 PM  

KrispyKritter: that pic made my nipples rock hard.

/TMI?


Only your nipples?

Meh.
 
2012-11-11 07:26:03 PM  
Very badass.
 
2012-11-11 07:27:22 PM  
Holy shiat
 
2012-11-11 07:27:45 PM  
Tax dollars at work!
 
2012-11-11 07:33:05 PM  
There's another picture of this flyby from the Ranger.. I'd post it but the iPad won't let me.

The B-52's deck angle in level flight has always weirded me out, but it's particularly evident in these pictures. Awesome airplane.
 
2012-11-11 07:34:26 PM  
Full of Win.
 
2012-11-11 07:36:47 PM  

phrawgh: Tax dollars at work!


Let he among us who has served and not wasted precious tax dollars cast the first stone! :)
 
2012-11-11 07:37:01 PM  
I spent 5 and a half years on the Ranger, leaving in Jan. of '89. So while I was not there for the pic it brings back a lot of memories. Parts of Top Gun were shot in the Ranger while I was a crew member. Some of the Ready Room scenes were shot on board. It was strange that although there were (my memory may be failing me) 9 Ready Rooms on board they chose not to use any of them. Rather, they converted one of the mess areas for shooting those scenes.
 
2012-11-11 07:39:12 PM  

Bio-nic: Holy shiat


i1125.photobucket.com 

/I, for one, welcome our low flying BUFF overlords.
 
2012-11-11 07:40:02 PM  
Lt Col "Bud" Holland, Commander of Czar 52, would like a word with you.

Unfortunately, he's indisposed at the moment. (Points to greasy spot on runway.)
 
2012-11-11 07:41:22 PM  
modernsophist.com
 
2012-11-11 07:41:32 PM  
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If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!
 
2012-11-11 07:41:47 PM  

phrawgh: Tax dollars at work!


It was good for morale.
 
2012-11-11 07:42:00 PM  

costermonger: There's another picture of this flyby from the Ranger.. I'd post it but the iPad won't let me.

The B-52's deck angle in level flight has always weirded me out, but it's particularly evident in these pictures. Awesome airplane.


It always looks like it is gonna crash?
 
2012-11-11 07:42:35 PM  

CaliNJGuy: It was strange that although there were


Not that strange. The ready rooms almost certainly didn't provide sufficient space to fit a film crew.
 
2012-11-11 07:43:01 PM  
Another angle:

img.gawkerassets.com

http://bit.ly/TArN3b
 
2012-11-11 07:44:20 PM  
Hoo-wheee!

/hats off
//and happy Veteran's Day!
 
2012-11-11 07:45:02 PM  

NewportBarGuy: phrawgh: Tax dollars at work!

Let he among us who has served and not wasted precious tax dollars cast the first stone! :)


I... shiat.

/puts down stone
 
2012-11-11 07:46:15 PM  

SpeedyBB: Lt Col "Bud" Holland, Commander of Czar 52, would like a word with you.

Unfortunately, he's indisposed at the moment. (Points to greasy spot on runway.)


Was that the one that went perpendicular?
 
2012-11-11 07:46:17 PM  
Good shiat.

Happy Veteran's Day, you guys. Especially vets.
 
2012-11-11 07:47:15 PM  
 
2012-11-11 07:47:55 PM  
O.O that pilot has massive brass balls. I can so see coffee being spit all over the bridge of that carrier .
 
2012-11-11 07:49:01 PM  
 
2012-11-11 07:49:17 PM  

phrawgh: Tax dollars at work!


I can live with that.
 
2012-11-11 07:51:45 PM  

CaliNJGuy: I spent 5 and a half years on the Ranger, leaving in Jan. of '89. So while I was not there for the pic it brings back a lot of memories. Parts of Top Gun were shot in the Ranger while I was a crew member. Some of the Ready Room scenes were shot on board. It was strange that although there were (my memory may be failing me) 9 Ready Rooms on board they chose not to use any of them. Rather, they converted one of the mess areas for shooting those scenes.


Hey, Rangerman! So did I. I would have been checking on right as you were checking off.

And as a guy that was on board during the time of this alleged incident, I'm calling "smells like bullshiat."

I don't know shiat about B-52 operations, but I've been on deck for some real close flybys by many aircraft both foreign and domestic. An airplane that close to the water would be running spray behind it no matter how fast it was flying. And I can't believe that even the Airforce fellas would fly that close to the deck in an aircraft that big.

But mostly, had that thing gone by at that range at that altitude, people would have come by and said "Hey did you see that B-52 flyby? Holy shiat!"

But they didn't.
 
2012-11-11 07:53:02 PM  

phrawgh: Tax dollars at work!


/shrug

Flight hours are flight hours...
 
2012-11-11 07:53:14 PM  
The carrier guys said yes, and a lot more sailors had their cameras out this time.

Yet we only get one picture? The hell??
 
2012-11-11 07:55:13 PM  
Heh. Love this.

i47.tinypic.com

Nothing like a high-level adultery scandal to boost book sales.
 
2012-11-11 07:55:22 PM  

KrispyKritter: that pic made my nipples rock hard.

/TMI?


As long as they're not exploding with delight.
 
2012-11-11 07:56:18 PM  

fusillade762: The carrier guys said yes, and a lot more sailors had their cameras out this time.

Yet we only get one picture? The hell??


I know, right ?
 
2012-11-11 08:00:59 PM  

bhcompy: SpeedyBB: Lt Col "Bud" Holland, Commander of Czar 52, would like a word with you.

Unfortunately, he's indisposed at the moment. (Points to greasy spot on runway.)

Was that the one that went perpendicular?


Yep that's the one. 1994 Fairchild AFB practice. I wonder if it's him, seems like his "signature" move. Flying that way for training or ops is one thing. Putting your aircraft and crew (somebody's husband/father/son) in danger because you think it's cool is a dick move. The pilot should be kicked in the jimmies often and with great force until he gets the message. Read the investigation portion on the wiki entry "1994 Fairchild Air Force Base B-52 crash." As always, you can only tie the record for flying low.
 
2012-11-11 08:02:26 PM  

alienated: fusillade762: The carrier guys said yes, and a lot more sailors had their cameras out this time.

Yet we only get one picture? The hell??

I know, right ?


These guys had real cameras...with film...that cost money...not like they could delete that last blurry picture and take another...
 
2012-11-11 08:02:44 PM  

T.M.S.: costermonger: There's another picture of this flyby from the Ranger.. I'd post it but the iPad won't let me.

The B-52's deck angle in level flight has always weirded me out, but it's particularly evident in these pictures. Awesome airplane.

It always looks like it is gonna crash?


Yep. If it was anything but a B-52 at an angle like that so close to the water, the next frame would be one big goddamn splash. The B-52's wing is mounted at a weird angle compared to most planes, since it's weird landing gear means it can't really rotate on takeoff, so it has to just kind of lift off while level. Makes them look nose low all the time. Particularly farked up when they're doing a shallow climb.
 
2012-11-11 08:10:10 PM  

bhcompy: Lt Col "Bud" Holland


Yep.

When they were investigating his shenanigans they ran across a tape of him doing a low flyby near a mountain range/steep hill. Investigators said that after they analyzed the video they found that the lowest part of the B-52 was less than 6 feet off the ground.

Of course he went a bit lower on his last flight... and not a Photoshop.

i831.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-11 08:11:04 PM  
I saw this once in person in Utah during the 90's. We where at a fort in southern Utah I dont remember the name. Across from the fort was a large valley. We just happened to be looking to the south and saw a dark spot in the sky. Next thing we know a b52 came down to aprox 50ft off the ground. We could see the pilot wave to us. Both of our jaws where dropped. Even at air shows we had to seen anything like it. The the second one came in. We where in shock we forgot to take out the camera.
 
2012-11-11 08:11:51 PM  

t3knomanser: CaliNJGuy: It was strange that although there were

Not that strange. The ready rooms almost certainly didn't provide sufficient space to fit a film crew.


You weren't there. I was. The space they converted was the First Class Petty Officer's Mess area. The available space wasn't any bigger than some of the Ready Rooms and possibly smaller than some.
 
2012-11-11 08:12:19 PM  
That... is bad ass! Happy Veteran's Day!
 
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