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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.
 
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