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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  
25.media.tumblr.com

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!
 
2012-11-11 08:13:13 PM  

traylor: KrispyKritter: that pic made my nipples rock hard.

/TMI?

Only your nipples?

Meh.


Well, his balls are in his wife's purse, so he's working with what he has left.
 
2012-11-11 08:13:28 PM  

Tsar_Bomba1: Of course he went a bit lower on his last flight... and not a Photoshop.


That always me have a sad because he essentially killed everyone on board.
 
2012-11-11 08:14:23 PM  

CaliNJGuy: 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.


Hey man, they turned Ranger's boilers into Enterprise's nuclear reactors. Hollywood can do anything!

It's magic.
 
2012-11-11 08:14:28 PM  
i lived on the Intrepid for 3 years and saw some crazy shiat.
Years later (1990 ) I was invited on a Tiger Cruise on the Independence, Hawaii to San Diego.
B52 pilots came past us on both sides, low to the water, wicked awesome.
Flight Boss over the PA, " These guys are crazy ! "

I've got it on film somewhere, but showed the pictures last week. 

imageshack.us
 
2012-11-11 08:18:42 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.


I think I saw the rest of that on "Caught on Camera" or one of those video clip shows. I'm pretty sure they recovered both pilots.
 
2012-11-11 08:19:30 PM  

Rent Party: 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.


I was an Interior Communications Technician and worked on the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (a stabilized glide slope indicator) and the video system that recorded all flight operations. One day while we were on deployment (1983) just outside the Persian Gulf I was at my watch station in Primary Flight Control when we heard over the radio "Hey did you guys know you have an Iranian P-3 in your starborad delta?" (Starboard "D" is a standard holding pattern for lack of a better term in carrier operations). The post-Shat Iranians were still operating some US supplied aircraft at the time. Saw some video of some other crazy stuff including some F-14's farking w/a Soviet SU-21 over the Sea of Japan. There's a lot of stuff that goes on that the public never hears about.
 
2012-11-11 08:20:52 PM  

Rent Party: CaliNJGuy: 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.

Hey man, they turned Ranger's boilers into Enterprise's nuclear reactors. Hollywood can do anything!

It's magic.


That's right! Forgot about that one!
 
2012-11-11 08:23:11 PM  

Nothing To See Here: i lived on the Intrepid for 3 years and saw some crazy shiat.
Years later (1990 ) I was invited on a Tiger Cruise on the Independence, Hawaii to San Diego.
B52 pilots came past us on both sides, low to the water, wicked awesome.
Flight Boss over the PA, " These guys are crazy ! "

I've got it on film somewhere, but showed the pictures last week. 

[imageshack.us image 800x554]


That looks about as low as I saw it. Seeing something that big that low. Its just hard to believe. But amazing to see.
 
2012-11-11 08:24:28 PM  
Any farkers out there who live near the route in TN that the BUFFs used to flying for training?
 
2012-11-11 08:30:25 PM  
I've seen at least one more image of the Ranger pass in the past. I forget where, though.

The best I can have is, when I was younger, and the CT Air Guard still had A10s, they got away with a lot of shenanigans. Flighting MoE low on highways, buzzing houses(mine included, a friend was a pilot. A story for another day). It was pretty common to see them flying around doing their thing. Bunch of great guys, too.

The most amazing thing I saw was the Bosnia/Serbia cargo lifts in the late 90s. All the C5s out of Westover went out pretty much at once. I don't recall where they were going(Germany, iirc?), but they were taking the MA/CT A-10s with 'em. It was farking amazing to see those massive lumbering giants so low. I know exactly how big they are(Westover Airshow FTW), and I'll never forget the sight and the racket.

It shook cabinet doors open, shiat off shelves, etc.
 
2012-11-11 08:31:36 PM  

CaliNJGuy:
I was an Interior Communications Technician and worked on the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (a stabilized glide slope indicator) and the video system that recorded all flight operations. One day while we were on deployment (1983) just outside the Persian Gulf I was at my watch station in Primary Flight Control when we heard over the radio "Hey did you guys know you have an Iranian P-3 in your starborad delta?" (Starboard "D" is a standard holding pattern for lack of a better term in carrier operations). The post-Shat Iranians were still operating some US supplied aircraft at the time. Saw some video of some other crazy stuff including some F-14's farking w/a Soviet SU-21 over the Sea of Japan. There's a lot of stuff that goes on that the public never hears about.


From some of these other images, I have to retract my "smells like bulshiat" assessment and convert it to "B-52 pilots are farking nuts."

I've seen Tu-95 Bears do close flybys before, in the South China Sea. Two of them, tailed closely by Mr. Friendly F-14. I've still got the images the pilots shot of those aircraft kicking somewhere around the house. A benefit of working in CVIC was you got to see some cool assed film. I guess it's all digital now, just like the rest of the planet.

I also met Jimmy Doolittle on the deck of CV (By God) 61. 50th anniversary of the raid over Tokyo so they launched some vintage B-25s from Ranger's decks with him aboard. You want to talk giant brass balls.... That man had 'em.
 
2012-11-11 08:33:18 PM  
i831.photobucket.com

Every time I see this picture, I always marvel at it, and wonder what the hell was going through everyone on board's minds, and out of their mouths, at the moment that picture was taken.
 
2012-11-11 08:39:49 PM  

3StratMan: [i831.photobucket.com image 682x520]

Every time I see this picture, I always marvel at it, and wonder what the hell was going through everyone on board's minds, and out of their mouths, at the moment that picture was taken.


Vomit, I suspect.
 
2012-11-11 08:40:22 PM  

3StratMan: everyone on board's minds


"I don't think a plane this large can generate enough lift to keep us up in the air at this angle."
 
2012-11-11 08:40:25 PM  

the_colonel: 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.


There should be a tradition of pissing on this guy's grave.
 
2012-11-11 08:43:20 PM  

Rent Party:

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.


Just because you weren't in the loop doesn't mean it didn't happen. Check out this for a lot more pictures and stories.

I didn't see the sun come up this morning, but I'm pretty sure it managed fine without me.
 
2012-11-11 08:48:48 PM  
"Bout 22 years ago I was doing my long cross-country for my commercial pilot's license in a Cessna 152 and was on a leg from Savannah, GA to Florence, SC. While I was VFR, I was in contact with the air route controller and squawking something. I wasn't very high due to the building cloud cover and was informed that I would soon be in the vicinity of a flight of 3 B-52s below me, I think by 2500 or 3000 feet. Anyway, I could see them, but they couldn't see me and the controller told it had them 'concerned.' Anyway, had a great view of them as they crossed below and ahead of me at about 3000'.
 
2012-11-11 08:49:10 PM  

Tsar_Bomba1: 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 image 682x520]


footage of the incident
 
2012-11-11 08:50:04 PM  

Rent Party: From some of these other images, I have to retract my "smells like bulshiat" assessment and convert it to "B-52 pilots are farking nuts."


That's a little closer. A women I know has been dating a former B-52 pilot for a while, and he's apparently taken one through the Grand Canyon on two occasions. One time authorized as part of an exercise where they were testing evasion tactics, another time not so much. Not over the Grand Canyon, in the Grand Canyon.

I think, as a general rule, military pilots are not exactly sane.
 
2012-11-11 08:50:12 PM  

StingerJ: 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


Jehovah!
 
2012-11-11 08:53:56 PM  

3StratMan: [i831.photobucket.com image 682x520]

Every time I see this picture, I always marvel at it, and wonder what the hell was going through everyone on board's minds, and out of their mouths, at the moment that picture was taken.


Airplane parts.
 
2012-11-11 08:58:37 PM  
To me, the saddest thing about the Fairchild crash is that it doesn't appear that the USAF really solved the problems that led to it, as exactly the same goddamn thing happened to a C-17 in 2010.
 
2012-11-11 08:58:40 PM  

Rent Party: From some of these other images, I have to retract my "smells like bulshiat" assessment and convert it to "B-52 pilots are farking nuts."


Good call. I never flew Buffs, but I have been in them a time or two. Anyway, even 30+ years ago they had terrain following radar, with selectable altitude...300', 150' or 50'. The setting were for moderate terrain, smooth taiga/tundra, and over the water as part of their doomsday mission against Russia. 50' works really, really well against ships, too...as one can see here.
 
2012-11-11 08:58:45 PM  
The B2s are an impressive sight no matter where you see one...in my case the first one I saw nearly rolled my Toyota...and he was just taxiing.
I miss ya Carswell.
The Toyota...not so much.
 
2012-11-11 09:01:48 PM  

Rent Party: From some of these other images, I have to retract my "smells like bulshiat" assessment and convert it to "B-52 pilots are farking nuts."


Whoops, didn't catch that before I posted. My apologies.
 
2012-11-11 09:03:51 PM  

fatbear: Rent Party: From some of these other images, I have to retract my "smells like bulshiat" assessment and convert it to "B-52 pilots are farking nuts."

Whoops, didn't catch that before I posted. My apologies.


'Salright. Now I'm just pissed I missed that one. :)
 
2012-11-11 09:06:05 PM  

3StratMan: [i831.photobucket.com image 682x520]

Every time I see this picture, I always marvel at it, and wonder what the hell was going through everyone on board's minds, and out of their mouths, at the moment that picture was taken.


What ever it was, it wasn't a deep thought. 
img464.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-11 09:06:33 PM  

traylor: 3StratMan: [i831.photobucket.com image 682x520]

Every time I see this picture, I always marvel at it, and wonder what the hell was going through everyone on board's minds, and out of their mouths, at the moment that picture was taken.

Airplane parts.


I read somewhere (but have no proof of course) that the CVR from the aircraft also recorded the other crewmembers conversations as well through the aircraft intercom (like I said have no proof) but read that they were cursing the pilot during the maneuver because they knew he was gonna kill them.
 
2012-11-11 09:07:13 PM  

phrawgh: Tax dollars at work!


I support this use of my tax dollars (as long as we get pics or video).
 
2012-11-11 09:07:44 PM  

costermonger: To me, the saddest thing about the Fairchild crash is that it doesn't appear that the USAF really solved the problems that led to it, as exactly the same goddamn thing happened to a C-17 in 2010.


Installing applets to view utube? pfft. Steak-umms from the freezer circa 1982 are more appealing.
 
2012-11-11 09:09:51 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?


Yup. Google up DARKER SHADES OF BLUE for an excellent management study of what went wrong, had been wrong for a long time before he finally piled that buff in.
 
2012-11-11 09:10:30 PM  

cptjeff: Rent Party: From some of these other images, I have to retract my "smells like bulshiat" assessment and convert it to "B-52 pilots are farking nuts."

That's a little closer. A women I know has been dating a former B-52 pilot for a while, and he's apparently taken one through the Grand Canyon on two occasions. One time authorized as part of an exercise where they were testing evasion tactics, another time not so much. Not over the Grand Canyon, in the Grand Canyon.

I think, as a general rule, military pilots are not exactly sane.


CAN you be, and want to be a military pilot? None of the ones I've ever known (including my sister the former pilot) have been 100% on the rails.
 
2012-11-11 09:23:15 PM  

StrikitRich: "Bout 22 years ago I was doing my long cross-country for my commercial pilot's license in a Cessna 152 and was on a leg from Savannah, GA to Florence, SC. While I was VFR, I was in contact with the air route controller and squawking something. I wasn't very high due to the building cloud cover and was informed that I would soon be in the vicinity of a flight of 3 B-52s below me, I think by 2500 or 3000 feet. Anyway, I could see them, but they couldn't see me and the controller told it had them 'concerned.' Anyway, had a great view of them as they crossed below and ahead of me at about 3000'.


Heh, my first solo cross country flight, I had a controller advise me I had MIG traffic on my 6. And, sure enough, one burned past my Cessna.

Turned out there was an airshow he was enroute to...
 
2012-11-11 09:23:57 PM  

NewportBarGuy: phrawgh: Tax dollars at work!

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


^^^^^^^THIS
 
2012-11-11 09:26:13 PM  
Only BUFFs I saw up close were at Clark Christmas day 1965.

/We were in C130's waiting to refuel and head for Pleiku.

//Were told that we "hadn't seen them".
 
2012-11-11 09:29:14 PM  
Top 10 low pass flybys of all time

yeah, the B-52 is pretty impressive, but damn if the fighter jocks don't get lower to the deck.

Then there are the crazed yahoos who stand underneath these planes that are flying nearly low enough to take their heads off.

/balls of steel.
/balls balls balls balls.
 
2012-11-11 09:32:23 PM  
I wondered why the A-10's stopped being so "creative" in target practice a few years ago.

/btw, if traffic allows, hit your brakes when the lead flys ahead of you at treetop.
//that means no cars behind you, you'll have an A-10 about 50 feet in front
 
2012-11-11 09:36:30 PM  

fluffy2097: Top 10 low pass flybys of all time

yeah, the B-52 is pretty impressive, but damn if the fighter jocks don't get lower to the deck.

Then there are the crazed yahoos who stand underneath these planes that are flying nearly low enough to take their heads off.

/balls of steel.
/balls balls balls balls.


2:16 - He so crazy.
 
2012-11-11 09:38:55 PM  
Came for frying chickens in the barnyard. Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-11-11 09:47:06 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Tsar_Bomba1: Of course he went a bit lower on his last flight... and not a Photoshop.

That always me have a sad because he essentially killed everyone on board.


Not only that, he almost took out a bunker with nukes in it.

Apparently the copilot put it in the dirt sooner than he would have to prevent it hitting the bunker.
 
2012-11-11 09:50:34 PM  

Fista-Phobia: 2:16 - He so crazy.


I ducked for him the first time I saw that.
 
2012-11-11 09:55:42 PM  
i1197.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-11 09:58:45 PM  

PunGent: StrikitRich: "Bout 22 years ago I was doing my long cross-country for my commercial pilot's license in a Cessna 152 and was on a leg from Savannah, GA to Florence, SC. While I was VFR, I was in contact with the air route controller and squawking something. I wasn't very high due to the building cloud cover and was informed that I would soon be in the vicinity of a flight of 3 B-52s below me, I think by 2500 or 3000 feet. Anyway, I could see them, but they couldn't see me and the controller told it had them 'concerned.' Anyway, had a great view of them as they crossed below and ahead of me at about 3000'.

Heh, my first solo cross country flight, I had a controller advise me I had MIG traffic on my 6. And, sure enough, one burned past my Cessna.

Turned out there was an airshow he was enroute to...


DAMN....that'll check your rough air capabilities.
 
2012-11-11 09:58:58 PM  

3StratMan: [i831.photobucket.com image 682x520]

Every time I see this picture, I always marvel at it, and wonder what the hell was going through everyone on board's minds, and out of their mouths, at the moment that picture was taken.




"You arrogant ass... you've killed us!"

I worked for a post production facility that edited a bunch of spots for an ad agency here. They did some spots either for Kroger or the Titans. I believe during the first year of the stadium being open they had an actual film crew down on the field shooting all the festivities.

They did a flyby of two F-16s( I think) and a B-2 steath bomber.

I've seen the raw footage and the bomber actually flew through the stadium... not over it. It was loud.
 
2012-11-11 10:06:40 PM  

CaliNJGuy: traylor: 3StratMan: [i831.photobucket.com image 682x520]

Every time I see this picture, I always marvel at it, and wonder what the hell was going through everyone on board's minds, and out of their mouths, at the moment that picture was taken.

Airplane parts.

I read somewhere (but have no proof of course) that the CVR from the aircraft also recorded the other crewmembers conversations as well through the aircraft intercom (like I said have no proof) but read that they were cursing the pilot during the maneuver because they knew he was gonna kill them.


The story of Lt Col Mark McGeehan is the one to note here. Leadership and selflessness personified.

From Wikipedia:

"On March 10, 1994, Holland commanded a single-aircraft training mission to the Yakima Bombing Range to provide an authorized photographer an opportunity to document the aircraft as it dropped training munitions. The minimum aircraft altitude permitted for that area was 500 feet (150 m) AGL. During the mission, Holland's aircraft was filmed crossing one ridgeline about 30 feet (10 m) above the ground. Fearing for their safety, the photography crew ceased filming and took cover as Holland's aircraft again passed low over the ground, this time estimated as clearing the ridgeline by only three feet (1 m). The co-pilot on Holland's aircraft testified that he grabbed the controls to prevent Holland from flying the aircraft into the ridge while the aircraft's other two aircrew members repeatedly screamed at Holland, "Climb! Climb!" Holland responded by laughing and calling one of the crew members "a pussy".[1]

After that mission, the crew decided that they would never again fly with Holland and reported the incident to the bomb squadron leadership. The squadron commander, Lieutenant Colonel Mark McGeehan, reported the incident to Pellerin and recommended that Holland be removed from flying duty. Pellerin consulted with Holland and gave him a verbal reprimand and warning not to repeat the behavior, but refused to take him off flying duty. Pellerin also did not document the incident or the reprimand or notify his superiors, who remained unaware of the incident. McGeehan then decided that in order to protect his aircrews, he (McGeehan) would be the co-pilot on any future missions in which Holland was the command pilot. Evidence suggests that after this incident "considerable animosity" existed between Holland and McGeehan.[13][14]
 
2012-11-11 10:08:16 PM  

Tsar_Bomba1: 3StratMan: [i831.photobucket.com image 682x520]

Every time I see this picture, I always marvel at it, and wonder what the hell was going through everyone on board's minds, and out of their mouths, at the moment that picture was taken.



"You arrogant ass... you've killed us!"

I worked for a post production facility that edited a bunch of spots for an ad agency here. They did some spots either for Kroger or the Titans. I believe during the first year of the stadium being open they had an actual film crew down on the field shooting all the festivities.

They did a flyby of two F-16s( I think) and a B-2 steath bomber.

I've seen the raw footage and the bomber actually flew through the stadium... not over it. It was loud.


So someone removed the safeties?
 
2012-11-11 10:09:49 PM  

fluffy2097: Top 10 low pass flybys of all time

yeah, the B-52 is pretty impressive, but damn if the fighter jocks don't get lower to the deck.

Then there are the crazed yahoos who stand underneath these planes that are flying nearly low enough to take their heads off.

/balls of steel.
/balls balls balls balls.


My favorite

If you look closely, you can see he actually climbed just before he went over the reporter's head.
 
2012-11-11 10:13:14 PM  

CBob: I wondered why the A-10's stopped being so "creative" in target practice a few years ago.

/btw, if traffic allows, hit your brakes when the lead flys ahead of you at treetop.
//that means no cars behind you, you'll have an A-10 about 50 feet in front


This has happened to me twice. Driving RT8 here in NW CT, which kinda follows the naugatuck river valley; a key route for MoE for the old CT Air Guard A-10s. The highway is cut in the side of hills in some spaces, so they were maybe 75' over the highway, and not going much faster than you. Good times.

/I miss the parade flyovers, the most
//they often did routines for the actual parade, but on the way home... to "burn off fuel", they'd buzz family/friends houses, do all sorts of loops, etc. I'm sure they weren't supposed to, but managed to call it "training" or something
///as far as I know, they always got away with it.
/I'm amazed how much I miss the sound of them. It was so common that I never really thought about it. Then it was gone for awhile, and I realized they'd turned our AG into an airlift wing.
 
2012-11-11 10:20:04 PM  

Tsar_Bomba1:

I've seen the raw footage and the bomber actually flew through the stadium... not over it. It was loud.


Like this?
 
2012-11-11 10:23:42 PM  

fatbear: Tsar_Bomba1:

I've seen the raw footage and the bomber actually flew through the stadium... not over it. It was loud.

Like this?


That had strenth.
 
2012-11-11 10:24:17 PM  
I was overflown, coincidentally, by one in ND while driving on 52 back in '95. Louder than hell is an understatement. I didn't think they were allowed to fly that low over semi populated areas.
 
2012-11-11 10:31:47 PM  

fatbear: Tsar_Bomba1:

I've seen the raw footage and the bomber actually flew through the stadium... not over it. It was loud.

Like this?



Yes... exactly like that. Pilot flew his 2.1 billion dollar stealth bomber just like that. Keep kicking myself for not making a dub of it while I had it in my hands.

I'm not sure if that video is the one, but there's been one within the last couple of years where someone did that and got like a year's "vacation".
 
2012-11-11 10:40:58 PM  
Growing up on an Air Force base in the sixties, we would park the Rambler at the end of the runway, watch the strobe lights while the B52s were landing as we smoked grass from Thailand.

Ahhhhhhhhh, simpler times . . .
 
2012-11-11 10:44:30 PM  

3StratMan: [i831.photobucket.com image 682x520]

Every time I see this picture, I always marvel at it, and wonder what the hell was going through everyone on board's minds, and out of their mouths, at the moment that picture was taken.


"Holy Fark!", "Pull Up!" and "Don't crash into the nuclear weapons storage building!" would be my guesses.

/We were driving home on I-90 right after it crashed. We saw the smoke column and knew something terrible had happened.
 
2012-11-11 10:45:31 PM  

Fista-Phobia: fatbear: Tsar_Bomba1:

I've seen the raw footage and the bomber actually flew through the stadium... not over it. It was loud.

Like this?

That had strenth.


STRENGTH?
Dude, a spider just exloded walking past my speaker.

Sorry Tug.
I never considered that I might kill ya by mistake.
Probably wouldn't have survived winter tho....
OK... ...Karma checks clean, fuggin spiders....how do they work?

Did you know that letting your nails grow out could make you misspell things?
Somebody should...I dunno....quote that.
.(action=pillow toss)
Uh oh....fighting words-----> "Oh, you silly!"
I love my battery operated helicopter (but not real ones, they are incapable of flight.) Prepare to meet your doom (fill waternozzle on main gun)
Prepare to meet cold death!
I used ice melt in paper cup, she shall die screaming!

Gratuitous mention "The Earth Dies Screaming".

Why yes....and do you have something you'd like signed?
"How old ARE you?"
Beat it....pffft, kidz.
 
2012-11-11 10:46:43 PM  

Rent Party: CaliNJGuy:
I was an Interior Communications Technician and worked on the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (a stabilized glide slope indicator) and the video system that recorded all flight operations. One day while we were on deployment (1983) just outside the Persian Gulf I was at my watch station in Primary Flight Control when we heard over the radio "Hey did you guys know you have an Iranian P-3 in your starborad delta?" (Starboard "D" is a standard holding pattern for lack of a better term in carrier operations). The post-Shat Iranians were still operating some US supplied aircraft at the time. Saw some video of some other crazy stuff including some F-14's farking w/a Soviet SU-21 over the Sea of Japan. There's a lot of stuff that goes on that the public never hears about.

From some of these other images, I have to retract my "smells like bulshiat" assessment and convert it to "B-52 pilots are farking nuts."

I've seen Tu-95 Bears do close flybys before, in the South China Sea. Two of them, tailed closely by Mr. Friendly F-14. I've still got the images the pilots shot of those aircraft kicking somewhere around the house. A benefit of working in CVIC was you got to see some cool assed film. I guess it's all digital now, just like the rest of the planet.

I also met Jimmy Doolittle on the deck of CV (By God) 61. 50th anniversary of the raid over Tokyo so they launched some vintage B-25s from Ranger's decks with him aboard. You want to talk giant brass balls.... That man had 'em.


Very cool! I hadn't heard about that before, thanks for sharing!
 
2012-11-11 10:46:48 PM  
In late.
Holy shiat.
 
2012-11-11 10:52:58 PM  
I had an instructor at Embry-Riddle who was a B-52 pilot. He once said he did a fly-by on an aircraft carrier that brought him below the deck of the carrier, then pulled up about mid-ship for a low tower buzz. He did say he faced discipline, but I guess B-52 pilots are pretty valuable as he was still allowed to fly after a bit behind the desk. One of my favorite classes. :-)
 
2012-11-11 10:56:41 PM  

Fista-Phobia: costermonger: To me, the saddest thing about the Fairchild crash is that it doesn't appear that the USAF really solved the problems that led to it, as exactly the same goddamn thing happened to a C-17 in 2010.

Installing applets to view utube? pfft. Steak-umms from the freezer circa 1982 are more appealing.


Could just click the "Desktop" link at the top. Which worked for me. They were probably posting from a mobile device, hence the m.youtube.com link
 
2012-11-11 11:00:03 PM  

Thai_Mai_Xhu: Fista-Phobia: fatbear: Tsar_Bomba1:

I've seen the raw footage and the bomber actually flew through the stadium... not over it. It was loud.

Like this?

That had strenth.

STRENGTH?
Dude, a spider just exloded walking past my speaker.

Sorry Tug.
I never considered that I might kill ya by mistake.
Probably wouldn't have survived winter tho....
OK... ...Karma checks clean, fuggin spiders....how do they work?

Did you know that letting your nails grow out could make you misspell things?
Somebody should...I dunno....quote that.
.(action=pillow toss)
Uh oh....fighting words-----> "Oh, you silly!"
I love my battery operated helicopter (but not real ones, they are incapable of flight.) Prepare to meet your doom (fill waternozzle on main gun)
Prepare to meet cold death!
I used ice melt in paper cup, she shall die screaming!

Gratuitous mention "The Earth Dies Screaming".

Why yes....and do you have something you'd like signed?
"How old ARE you?"
Beat it....pffft, kidz.


You sound like waaay to much fun!
And I've let my nails grow out. I am very thankful for spellcheck.

In the meantime, as an army brat who grew up on bases, I miss the flyovers...the sonic booms, and my Spooky and Hercules.
 
2012-11-11 11:01:23 PM  
Like a God damned baus.
 
2012-11-11 11:02:11 PM  

Thai_Mai_Xhu: The B2s are an impressive sight no matter where you see one...in my case the first one I saw nearly rolled my Toyota...and he was just taxiing.
I miss ya Carswell.
The Toyota...not so much.



Ah, I'm not alone. My Toyota almost went off the road as I watched one circling.

i158.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-11 11:07:15 PM  

BigNumber12: Thai_Mai_Xhu: The B2s are an impressive sight no matter where you see one...in my case the first one I saw nearly rolled my Toyota...and he was just taxiing.
I miss ya Carswell.
The Toyota...not so much.


Ah, I'm not alone. My Toyota almost went off the road as I watched one circling.

[i158.photobucket.com image 640x480]


I nearly crashed my car when I was driving somewhat near the local airport (Greensboro NC) and saw Air Force One (well, SAM 28000 or 29000, not sure which) doing touch and gos. That was a real WTF moment.
 
2012-11-11 11:08:49 PM  

BummerDuck: I was overflown, coincidentally, by one in ND while driving on 52 back in '95. Louder than hell is an understatement. I didn't think they were allowed to fly that low over semi populated areas.


I've seen them twice,flying into Miramar here.The biggest friggin' things I have ever seen...
My Aunt Marie used to say on why she didn't like flying."I'm not getting on a plane unless
a big string is holding it up"
 
2012-11-11 11:13:14 PM  

cptjeff: BigNumber12: Thai_Mai_Xhu: The B2s are an impressive sight no matter where you see one...in my case the first one I saw nearly rolled my Toyota...and he was just taxiing.
I miss ya Carswell.
The Toyota...not so much.


Ah, I'm not alone. My Toyota almost went off the road as I watched one circling.

[i158.photobucket.com image 640x480]

I nearly crashed my car when I was driving somewhat near the local airport (Greensboro NC) and saw Air Force One (well, SAM 28000 or 29000, not sure which) doing touch and gos. That was a real WTF moment.


This is where being in the Civil Air Patrol becomes real fun. Get private tours of Air Force One, B2s, Marine One, etc as well as doing some good community service work
 
2012-11-11 11:15:02 PM  
Have you seen one of these?

img109.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-11 11:16:09 PM  
I was at EAA in Oshkosh WI years back when the did a low fly by of a F-15. It was doing close to the speed of sound, and was just.... incredible. The announcer in the tower told us to watch over the end of the runway, and at first there was nothing. Than a black spec that grew at an unbelievable rate. Before I knew it, this plane was right in front of us. To this point there was no sound at all, then the roar hit like a blast wave. The pilot then took his plane near vertical and kicked in the after burners. The noise was like nothing I've ever heard before or since. I don't know if they let them do anything like that anymore. It would surprise me if that stunt didn't break windows in town.
I couldn't help think what it must be like in combat when they can really cut loose. If your on the ground, and not expecting it, your first warning would be a thunderous roar. You wouldn't have time to blink, and it would be long gone. Of course, I don't know why they would be flying low like that in modern combat, but any grunts that aren't blown to bits will be needing new underwear.
 
2012-11-11 11:20:58 PM  
Having lived near a Major AFMC test base in southern California, I have been buzzed more than once by an Air Force asset while driving down the road. The worst are the B-1b. I was driving down highway 58 near Mojave once when one went right over me at about 500 feet. I nearly drove my poor car off the road.
 
2012-11-11 11:21:11 PM  

Thai_Mai_Xhu: The B2s are an impressive sight no matter where you see one...in my case the first one I saw nearly rolled my Toyota...and he was just taxiing.
I miss ya Carswell.
The Toyota...not so much.


I used to date a girl that lived out in Boyd when I lived in Irving. We'd drive back to that hill that overlooked Eagle Mountain Lake and the end of the runway at Carswell and watch the B-52s and other things...

/I miss her, too
 
2012-11-11 11:22:47 PM  

BigBooper: I couldn't help think what it must be like in combat when they can really cut loose



Or when they know that cutting loose and taking the machine to 105% is the only thing that will save their life.
 
2012-11-11 11:24:37 PM  
That poor Buff packin' it in all wrong: THE END OF ALL HOPES AND DREAMS.

Thought I'd have nightmares about it -_-
 
2012-11-11 11:50:56 PM  

Dezilith: Thai_Mai_Xhu: Fista-Phobia: fatbear: Tsar_Bomba1:

I've seen the raw footage and the bomber actually flew through the stadium... not over it. It was loud.

Like this?

That had strenth.

STRENGTH?
Dude, a spider just exloded walking past my speaker.

Sorry Tug.
I never considered that I might kill ya by mistake.
Probably wouldn't have survived winter tho....
OK... ...Karma checks clean, fuggin spiders....how do they work?

Did you know that letting your nails grow out could make you misspell things?
Somebody should...I dunno....quote that.
.(action=pillow toss)
Uh oh....fighting words-----> "Oh, you silly!"
I love my battery operated helicopter (but not real ones, they are incapable of flight.) Prepare to meet your doom (fill waternozzle on main gun)
Prepare to meet cold death!
I used ice melt in paper cup, she shall die screaming!

Gratuitous mention "The Earth Dies Screaming".

Why yes....and do you have something you'd like signed?
"How old ARE you?"
Beat it....pffft, kidz.

You sound like waaay to much fun!
And I've let my nails grow out. I am very thankful for spellcheck.

In the meantime, as an army brat who grew up on bases, I miss the flyovers...the sonic booms, and my Spooky and Hercules.


I know what you mean, I miss the sonic booms from when I was a kid, zoomies were still THE hotrod guys, I heard now-a-days they tell the pilot "just try not to touch any thing", just foolin, but it is getting close (saw a computer play through on a dogfight...unfarkingreal!).
I bounced off a bunch of milspec airstrips as a yoot myself.
 
2012-11-11 11:56:04 PM  

BigBooper: I couldn't help think what it must be like in combat when they can really cut loose. If your on the ground, and not expecting it, your first warning would be a thunderous roar. You wouldn't have time to blink, and it would be long gone. Of course, I don't know why they would be flying low like that in modern combat, but any grunts that aren't blown to bits will be needing new underwear.


Actually, they do do that in B1Bs- a non lethal tactic to take a group of potential hostiles out of action for a bit. Deafens you, and knocks you and your equipment around.
 
2012-11-12 12:06:07 AM  

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.


I can vouch for the B1 gan flyover. In May 2005 I watched a b1 buzz Gumbad, a village in northern kandahar province. It was a show of force, and oddly enough was the only time I saw a B1 while there. It didnt drop anything, but it looked cool.
 
2012-11-12 12:09:35 AM  
Back when I got my pilot's license I was out in a 152 doing S turns around an interstate at about 1000' AGL when my instructor suddenly pointed over to 2 B-1s flying formation many hundreds of feet below me. Looked really close but I've seen them on the tarmac and they're just farking huge- it probably wasn't as close as I thought.

/Flying around the highway was hilarious The state PD had put out a big news push about their new speed crackdown using plane-mounted radar. You could watch the traffic slowing for miles around.
 
2012-11-12 12:18:36 AM  

NewportBarGuy: phrawgh: Tax dollars at work!

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


LOL! Back when I was a twiget in the Navy, the standard test for a Multimeter that wasn't working right was the SWF (Salt Water Float) Test. You throw it into the ocean. If it sinks it was unrepairable. The alternative test was the Drop Test, where you dropped it down the vertical into the engine room. If it survived in one piece is was repairable. Irrepairable units were written off and new ones requisitioned..

Then there was the time (just after midnight) in Subic when I was told by the MCPO to "borrow" all the brand spanking new test equipment (including some sweet state-of-the-art HP scopes) destined for the Oriskany.....

Good times.
 
2012-11-12 12:27:23 AM  
Back in the early 90s I was doing some abseiling at Rim Rock in Allegany National Forest. This location is near the top of a hill and overlooks Kinzua Bay of the Allegheny Reservoir. While standing at the top of this small cliff I was lucky enough to witness a C-130 fly along the reservoir, at an elevation below me. There is something surreal about standing on ground and seeing a plane fly by below you.
 
2012-11-12 12:53:56 AM  
Was on the Kitty Hawk in the early 80's when two B-52's from Wyoming or something were sent out to the middle of the Pacific to find us. When they did find us they did a low level fly by. I remember them being a lot closer to us than what you see in those pictures and all we could see was the top of their tail wings (rudders?) above the deck...
Beautiful airplanes.
Glad to see this article, now people won't think I'm making this kind of shiat up.
/CSB
 
2012-11-12 12:58:40 AM  
Kismayo, C-5. Could've spit on its belly.

Wish I had had a camera...
 
2012-11-12 01:02:16 AM  
I was fishing with my buddy up in northern michigan one time. We were in this huge state park where there was nothing and no one around for miles except for some elk. After we done fishing for the day we found a nice little clearing to set up camp for the night. Anyway the next morning we were sleeping in our tent when i woke up with a start thinking that a train was going to run us over. I remember jumping up and yelling "train!" and then busting out the front of tent and just started running. The noise was outside was deafening and I swore to god that the world was coming to an end. I had managed to get maybe 20 feet when I looked up just as two jets came screaming over my head. I have no idea how low they were flying but it seemed to be about 10 ft over my head. The noise was incredible and it felt like the ground was going to shake apart...and in a blink of the eye they were gone... i remember looking back at our tent and my buddys head was poking out of the tent looking around going "what the fark was that! It was the most incredible thing I've ever seen.

\I'd swear those guys had to have seen us and decided to have some fun.
\\don't think i'll ever be that scared again...
 
2012-11-12 01:37:19 AM  

Medic Zero: Rent Party: CaliNJGuy:
I was an Interior Communications Technician and worked on the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (a stabilized glide slope indicator) and the video system that recorded all flight operations. One day while we were on deployment (1983) just outside the Persian Gulf I was at my watch station in Primary Flight Control when we heard over the radio "Hey did you guys know you have an Iranian P-3 in your starborad delta?" (Starboard "D" is a standard holding pattern for lack of a better term in carrier operations). The post-Shat Iranians were still operating some US supplied aircraft at the time. Saw some video of some other crazy stuff including some F-14's farking w/a Soviet SU-21 over the Sea of Japan. There's a lot of stuff that goes on that the public never hears about.

From some of these other images, I have to retract my "smells like bulshiat" assessment and convert it to "B-52 pilots are farking nuts."

I've seen Tu-95 Bears do close flybys before, in the South China Sea. Two of them, tailed closely by Mr. Friendly F-14. I've still got the images the pilots shot of those aircraft kicking somewhere around the house. A benefit of working in CVIC was you got to see some cool assed film. I guess it's all digital now, just like the rest of the planet.

I also met Jimmy Doolittle on the deck of CV (By God) 61. 50th anniversary of the raid over Tokyo so they launched some vintage B-25s from Ranger's decks with him aboard. You want to talk giant brass balls.... That man had 'em.

Very cool! I hadn't heard about that before, thanks for sharing!


I'm calling BS on that.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A band of untested volunteers who scored a surprise hit on Tokyo during World War II celebrated the 50th anniversary of their air raid Saturday in the town where they first formed under the direction of Jimmy Doolittle.

The men, 35 of whom returned to Columbia for their annual reunion, were honored as heroes in a celebration that drew about 2,000 people to the South Carolina State Museum.


Led by Doolittle, now 95 and unable to make the reunion this year, the 80 aviators took off in 16 B-25s from the Navy carrier Hornet on April 18, 1942, and dropped payloads on Tokyo, Kobe and Yokohama.

The bombing run was the first time Japan was hit after its attack on Pearl Harbor, and it marked a psychological turning point to the war in the Pacific.

"Nothing took place in World War II, I don't believe, that stirred the American people more . . . than the Doolittle Raiders," Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) said at the ceremony.

His son John was there, not Jimmy himself.
 
2012-11-12 01:40:16 AM  
I remember back in the day, working ASPs in West Germany. We used to get buzzed by F-4s all the time. On occasion, we would have an A-10 pay us a visit as well. Amazing looking aircraft. I miss living in Germany, but do not miss the deafening roar of the unannounced flyovers.
 
2012-11-12 01:44:54 AM  
What kind of water-head links to Stumblupon and not the actual farking page?
 
2012-11-12 02:26:06 AM  

the_colonel: 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.


I was at Fairchild when that happened.

/my parents knew everyone on board.
 
2012-11-12 02:43:09 AM  

cptjeff: BigBooper: I couldn't help think what it must be like in combat when they can really cut loose. If your on the ground, and not expecting it, your first warning would be a thunderous roar. You wouldn't have time to blink, and it would be long gone. Of course, I don't know why they would be flying low like that in modern combat, but any grunts that aren't blown to bits will be needing new underwear.

Actually, they do do that in B1Bs- a non lethal tactic to take a group of potential hostiles out of action for a bit. Deafens you, and knocks you and your equipment around.


"But that updraft is to die for".
 
2012-11-12 03:11:11 AM  
The B-52 is slated to serve until the 2040's, giving it a service lifespan of 90+ years. Simply awesome, beautiful plane. Keep it flying! And bring back SAC while you're at it.
 
2012-11-12 03:50:22 AM  
Tried to RTFA, got blasted by a half dozen half-page unclosable adverts all at once.
 
2012-11-12 06:25:51 AM  

markie_farkie: [25.media.tumblr.com image 432x288]

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!


And we're done here, thanks for everyone who played.
 
2012-11-12 07:24:04 AM  

fatbear: fluffy2097: Top 10 low pass flybys of all time

yeah, the B-52 is pretty impressive, but damn if the fighter jocks don't get lower to the deck.

Then there are the crazed yahoos who stand underneath these planes that are flying nearly low enough to take their heads off.

/balls of steel.
/balls balls balls balls.

My favorite

If you look closely, you can see he actually climbed just before he went over the reporter's head.


The pilot was Ray Hanna, I believe. An extraordinary pilot. RIP.
 
2012-11-12 08:21:54 AM  

Tsar_Bomba1: fatbear: Tsar_Bomba1:

I've seen the raw footage and the bomber actually flew through the stadium... not over it. It was loud.

Like this?


Yes... exactly like that. Pilot flew his 2.1 billion dollar stealth bomber just like that. Keep kicking myself for not making a dub of it while I had it in my hands.

I'm not sure if that video is the one, but there's been one within the last couple of years where someone did that and got like a year's "vacation".


It was more than a year.

He cleared the scoreboard by 16 ft.

Flying just 16ft above the ground (or non-glassy water) is *much* easier than flying just 16ft above a single object that is significantly higher that its surroundings. Your depth perception isn't as accurate at long range and things come at you fast.
 
2012-11-12 09:21:46 AM  

just_intonation: Thai_Mai_Xhu: The B2s are an impressive sight no matter where you see one...in my case the first one I saw nearly rolled my Toyota...and he was just taxiing.
I miss ya Carswell.
The Toyota...not so much.

I used to date a girl that lived out in Boyd when I lived in Irving. We'd drive back to that hill that overlooked Eagle Mountain Lake and the end of the runway at Carswell and watch the B-52s and other things...

/I miss her, too


She told me to tell you hi.
 
2012-11-12 09:40:59 AM  

Tumunga: just_intonation: Thai_Mai_Xhu: The B2s are an impressive sight no matter where you see one...in my case the first one I saw nearly rolled my Toyota...and he was just taxiing.
I miss ya Carswell.
The Toyota...not so much.

I used to date a girl that lived out in Boyd when I lived in Irving. We'd drive back to that hill that overlooked Eagle Mountain Lake and the end of the runway at Carswell and watch the B-52s and other things...

/I miss her, too

She told me to tell you hi.


Good. Glad she's doing well, even though I know she's gone down in the world somewhat since me.

/or gone down on the world, not quite sure which
 
2012-11-12 10:04:08 AM  
A truly Farkworthy low pass by a Spitfire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvDDDKnNhuE
 
2012-11-12 11:01:20 AM  

Gyrfalcon: cptjeff: Rent Party: From some of these other images, I have to retract my "smells like bulshiat" assessment and convert it to "B-52 pilots are farking nuts."

That's a little closer. A women I know has been dating a former B-52 pilot for a while, and he's apparently taken one through the Grand Canyon on two occasions. One time authorized as part of an exercise where they were testing evasion tactics, another time not so much. Not over the Grand Canyon, in the Grand Canyon.

I think, as a general rule, military pilots are not exactly sane.

CAN you be, and want to be a military pilot? None of the ones I've ever known (including my sister the former pilot) have been 100% on the rails.


I think they just talk that way because they like you to think they're crazy. My cousin Eric was 2nd in his class at the Air Force Academy and flew F-16s over Eastern Europe for NATO, among other things. He is, however, terrifyingly brilliant and has a bone-dry sense of humor that a lot of people don't quite get. So when he says of the NATO flights, "The coolest part was knowing I could start a war any time I wanted," you have to take it with a few grains of salt.

/He's the only person I know who started reading earlier than I did. My aunt caught him in his crib at about 18 months, reading off the side of his bottle. "E-V-E-N-F-L-O, Evenflo!"
//His younger brother was a comparative slacker and didn't figure it out till he was two, so he had to settle for fancy-pants scholarships to Cornell and MIT.
///Yeah, my whole extended family is pretty much like that, only most of us were too lazy to finish college. The work ethic must have come from their dad's side of the family.
 
2012-11-12 11:07:00 AM  
I was at Whiteman AFB one year for the Air Force Birthday air show that they have in September. The Thunderbirds were there, which was cool, and they had a B-2 do a low pass on its way back from opening up a Chiefs game.

The coolest part was the naval aviator who showed up in a "borrowed" Marines F/A-18. He was the only Navy guy coming in to this Air Force/Air National Guard base, and he also had the hottest piece of gear on the strip. They told him he couldn't go supersonic at the demonstration, but he made several low altitude passes so fast you could see the speed clouds condensing on the leading edge of the wings - it looked like he was pushing it to the very limit.

Great show - they had a Mig-17 show up, along with an old Douglass Dauntless, and some guy stooging around in a Stearman biplane. Sadly, the Thunderbirds got cut short when a big ole thunderstorm blew in, but it was still neat.
 
2012-11-12 12:44:02 PM  
www.serendipity.li

So what you're telling me is that only an experienced pilot could fly a plane that low?

/snicker
 
2012-11-12 01:01:24 PM  

Red Shirt Blues:
I'm calling BS on that.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A band of untested volunteers who scored a surprise hit on Tokyo during World War II celebrated the 50th anniversary of their air raid Saturday in the town where they first formed under the direction of Jimmy Doolittle.

The men, 35 of whom returned to Columbia for their annual reunion, were honored as heroes in a celebration that drew about 2 ...


You might want to get the right reunion then. Ranger wasn't in South Carolina (where you seem to think it was), it was in San Diego (where it actually was.)

Yer quoting the wrong event.
 
2012-11-12 01:15:54 PM  
Heh.

Was doing vinyl siding on the NCO families' quarters on Ft. Gordon, GA, back in 1997. Ft. Gordon- U.S. army Signal Corps. training center and newly built Intelligence Center. Signal Tower, (the Post Commander's office sits at the top,) was a good five miles from where I was. I was sitting on roofs, putting in singular custom- fitted sections which I had to do by myself, one at a time. beautiful summer day, birds tweeting, children playing off in the park area. Suddenly, a B1-B comes screaming overhead, just over treetop level. Scared me so bad, I had to get off the roof for half an hour. I know what a jet sounds like. Love seeing and hearing them come flying by under power, that thunderous feeling of raw power that rattles every last cell in your body. This one must have been doing a wise-ass flyby of Signal Tower, and flying over a friend's quarters I was working on. The sound started off like any passing jet, but suddenly built to such volume as to induce panic. Had I only been on the first floor roof, I probably would have jumped, screw my ankles! He was barely 50 feet over my head. I can still hear the pilot chuckling to his self at the lone victim he caught on the roof as he angled up and throttled up, blasting me with jet wash.

Magnificent bastard.
 
2012-11-12 01:40:25 PM  

Franko: [www.serendipity.li image 262x215]

So what you're telling me is that only an experienced pilot could fly a plane that low?

/snicker



It's less impressive when "surviving" isn't a requirement.
 
2012-11-12 02:12:00 PM  

Red Shirt Blues: Medic Zero: Rent Party: CaliNJGuy:
I was an Interior Communications Technician and worked on the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (a stabilized glide slope indicator) and the video system that recorded all flight operations. One day while we were on deployment (1983) just outside the Persian Gulf I was at my watch station in Primary Flight Control when we heard over the radio "Hey did you guys know you have an Iranian P-3 in your starborad delta?" (Starboard "D" is a standard holding pattern for lack of a better term in carrier operations). The post-Shat Iranians were still operating some US supplied aircraft at the time. Saw some video of some other crazy stuff including some F-14's farking w/a Soviet SU-21 over the Sea of Japan. There's a lot of stuff that goes on that the public never hears about.

From some of these other images, I have to retract my "smells like bulshiat" assessment and convert it to "B-52 pilots are farking nuts."

I've seen Tu-95 Bears do close flybys before, in the South China Sea. Two of them, tailed closely by Mr. Friendly F-14. I've still got the images the pilots shot of those aircraft kicking somewhere around the house. A benefit of working in CVIC was you got to see some cool assed film. I guess it's all digital now, just like the rest of the planet.

I also met Jimmy Doolittle on the deck of CV (By God) 61. 50th anniversary of the raid over Tokyo so they launched some vintage B-25s from Ranger's decks with him aboard. You want to talk giant brass balls.... That man had 'em.

Very cool! I hadn't heard about that before, thanks for sharing!

I'm calling BS on that.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A band of untested volunteers who scored a surprise hit on Tokyo during World War II celebrated the 50th anniversary of their air raid Saturday in the town where they first formed under the direction of Jimmy Doolittle.

The men, 35 of whom returned to Columbia for their annual reunion, were honored as heroes in a celebration that drew about 2 ...


The Ranger was homeported at NAS North Island in SoCal so would not have been on the East coast at that or any other time. It is entirely possible that there would have been multiple ceremonies remembering Doolittle's raid at different locations. Not out of the realm of possibility that he could have been at one on the East coast at a different date, health permitting.
 
2012-11-12 02:27:07 PM  
THIS is what makes the U.S. military great.
 
2012-11-12 03:56:17 PM  
The AF used to let graduating pilots pick what they wanted to fly. Order was determined by how well they did. They stopped the practice after SAC told them to quite sending them all the shait pilots because nobody would pick flying Buffs out in the middle of BF ND.
 
2012-11-12 04:25:03 PM  
Hey USS Ranger, Imma gonna let you finish but this is the lowest flyby of all time. Of all time!
 
2012-11-12 05:09:58 PM  

Franko: [www.serendipity.li image 262x215]

So what you're telling me is that only an experienced pilot could fly a plane that low?

/snicker


No. Only an experienced pilot could fly that low and not hit anything. Since that pilot obviously hit a building he was not an experienced pilot.
 
2012-11-12 05:21:31 PM  
JohnCarter - thx for the pic, my first thought was of Major Kong.
I had heard there were B-25s in the south Pacific theater of operations that came back with foliage in the underbody. LOW level strafing runs.
 
2012-11-12 07:35:44 PM  

markie_farkie: [25.media.tumblr.com image 432x288]

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!


Thank you.
 
2012-11-12 09:39:18 PM  

traylor: KrispyKritter: that pic made my nipples rock hard.

/TMI?

Only your nipples?

Meh.


Yeah, I was going to say that this kind of stuff will put the starch in your shorts as well as stiffening the nipples.
 
2012-11-13 07:56:46 AM  

relaxitsjustme: Hey USS Ranger, Imma gonna let you finish but this is the lowest flyby of all time. Of all time!


Cockpit view, same flyby
 
2012-11-13 12:02:14 PM  

KrispyKritter: that pic made my nipples rock hard.

/TMI?


The B-52's make my nipples rock lobster hard.
 
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