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(StumbleUpon)   "Hey, USS Ranger tower control, can we do a fly-by?" "Umm...sure. You're aware you're piloting a B-52, right?" "Yep...Someone hold my beer and watch this"   (stumbleupon.com) divider line 22
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2012-11-11 07:41:32 PM
5 votes:
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If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!
2012-11-11 08:14:28 PM
4 votes:
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 07:36:47 PM
3 votes:

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 07:43:01 PM
2 votes:
Another angle:

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http://bit.ly/TArN3b
2012-11-11 07:22:11 PM
2 votes:

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 07:14:59 PM
2 votes:
WTF is this StumbleUpon crap?
2012-11-11 06:17:22 PM
2 votes:
Ground effect makes it more possible, rather than less.
2012-11-11 11:15:02 PM
1 votes:
Have you seen one of these?

img109.imageshack.us
2012-11-11 09:09:51 PM
1 votes:

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 09:07:13 PM
1 votes:

phrawgh: Tax dollars at work!


I support this use of my tax dollars (as long as we get pics or video).
2012-11-11 08:53:56 PM
1 votes:

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 08:50:04 PM
1 votes:

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 08:40:22 PM
1 votes:

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 08:31:36 PM
1 votes:

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 08:10:10 PM
1 votes:

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 08:00:59 PM
1 votes:

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 07:55:13 PM
1 votes:
Heh. Love this.

i47.tinypic.com

Nothing like a high-level adultery scandal to boost book sales.
2012-11-11 07:53:14 PM
1 votes:
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 07:49:17 PM
1 votes:

phrawgh: Tax dollars at work!


I can live with that.
2012-11-11 07:45:02 PM
1 votes:

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 07:41:22 PM
1 votes:
modernsophist.com
2012-11-11 07:18:29 PM
1 votes:
Negative Ghost Rider....the pattern is full

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