Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Seattle Times)   Fateful B-52 flight revealed deadly weakness... tin roof rusted   (seattletimes.com) divider line 21
    More: Interesting  
•       •       •

19272 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Jan 2013 at 10:18 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Archived thread
2013-01-14 10:43:22 AM  
7 votes:
So.... the whole article states several time about this "weakness" then we have to slog through a ton of details about the crew ejecting and such, and finally, buried deep down in the prose, we finally get to "the B-52 wasn't designed for treetop flying because it's vertical stabilizer snaps off"

Seriously?

No particular reason, apparently, the vertical stabilizer just doesn't care for flying at low levels and pops right off the aircraft.

No follow-up in the article about what steps were taken to mitigate the issue... did they no longer fly B-52s at treetop levels? Did they fix the structural issue on later production models? Were they able to retroactively fix whatever flaw it had?
2013-01-14 09:25:29 AM  
2 votes:
Everybody's movin' everybody's groovin' -The rust shack is a shaky old plane where, we can crash together -rust shack baby!
2013-01-14 09:15:59 AM  
2 votes:
The B-52 was pregnant?
2013-01-14 04:37:38 PM  
1 votes:

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: CJHardin: CSB: Ms CJHardin and I got to hang out with the B52s on new years this year! Good times!

[i11.photobucket.com image 850x637]

[i11.photobucket.com image 480x640]

/CSB

Huh! The two hotties definitely did not age well.


I'm going to guess I don't have to get ITG because the hottie on the left is my girlfriend in one of those pics. I'm sure you were talking about Kate and Fred, my personal friends, which is how I was hanging out with them. Post a pic of your hottie, or yourself.
2013-01-14 02:45:16 PM  
1 votes:
upload.wikimedia.org
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!
2013-01-14 01:21:16 PM  
1 votes:
I keep my keys on a "Love Shack" motel-style key-fob, so I'm getting a kick...

Kate Pearson is a goddess, and always will be.
2013-01-14 01:05:08 PM  
1 votes:

Don Piano: Hey B52 buffs-

Help me out here. Sometime in the 80's I read a historical account in the newspaper about an absolutely insane B52 pilot with balls of steel.
Stories included flying so low in the desert that he'd suck tumble weeds into the engines.
I think he took his copilot with him when he finally got his death wish.
I wish I could find the name of the guy. It was a great article and I'd love to read about him again.


Arthur "Bud" Holland. He didn't have balls of steel. He was a fu(king idiot who killed his crew. They found one video where the lowest part of the plane was 6 feet off the ground.
2013-01-14 01:01:37 PM  
1 votes:
This one needs to be marked as a HOTY candidate.
2013-01-14 12:40:36 PM  
1 votes:

Maud Dib: What a B-52 with no vertical stabilizer looks like...

[upload.wikimedia.org image 400x296]



Amazingly, it landed safely, was repaired and in service until 2008.

It must've failed right at the end of the turbulance, and had just enough tail remaining to control.
2013-01-14 12:36:14 PM  
1 votes:

LoneDoggie: durbnpoisn: If I read that right, they were flying at tree top level in a training exercise to deliver a nuclear weapon.

That sounds completly idiotic to me. I kinda thought that those sorts of weapons detonate at a higher altitude than that. Sounds more like a suicide mission to me.

think fly low under the radar till you get close to where you are going, pull up, drop bomb which now has a ballistic trajectory (or launch early version of cruise missile which had limited range), turn around, fly low again and pray you make it out. aka pretty much a suicide mission but not as 100% as flying the bomb right to the target as you seem to be taking from the article.

/which sucked.


Well, I don't think it would have been necessarily close to 100%.

Most people don't appreciate just how *VAST* the Soviet Union was. It was the largest country on Earth, and most of it was pretty sparsely populated. You couldn't blanket a country like that in radar, so most areas of the USSR would have, at best, spotty radar coverage.

Because we put up relatively simple SIGINT satellites, we pretty much knew where most of those radar sites were, and we could avoid them, or at least avoid them until the aircraft had to penetrate areas that were closely watched. Even then, flying low would keep the detection ranges down, especially in hilly or mountainous areas.

This is a strategy that our reconnaissance aircraft, like the RB-57s and U-2s couldn't use, and that made them vulnerable to detection, and ultimately, to anti-aircraft missiles.
2013-01-14 12:08:56 PM  
1 votes:
The wikipedia article gives a lot more details on this, including how Ernest Borgnine was the Soviet Spy killed by Donald Pleasance, the other Soviet Spy.

Link
2013-01-14 11:54:29 AM  
1 votes:
45 posters in and no one has mentioned this yet. "His survival kit was crushed so he could not get to his sleeping bag." and then later "He dug down into the snow and crawled into his sleeping bag"
2013-01-14 11:26:11 AM  
1 votes:
Thank you for the B52 jokes. You all get a Funny. :)
2013-01-14 11:16:43 AM  
1 votes:

FTDA: FlashHarry: i got me an aircraft, it's as big as a WHALE!

And it's about to hit Shale!


I got me a Boeing, it seats a half dozen
So come on, let's do some treetop buzzin'!
2013-01-14 10:58:07 AM  
1 votes:
CSB: Ms CJHardin and I got to hang out with the B52s on new years this year! Good times!

i11.photobucket.com

i11.photobucket.com

/CSB
2013-01-14 10:52:28 AM  
1 votes:
I wish we had the journalistic standards of 1963. That was a mess of useless detail and emotionalism, with no real discussion of what was remedied.

In short, "the front fell off".
2013-01-14 10:47:51 AM  
1 votes:

LesserEvil: So.... the whole article states several time about this "weakness" then we have to slog through a ton of details about the crew ejecting and such, and finally, buried deep down in the prose, we finally get to "the B-52 wasn't designed for treetop flying because it's vertical stabilizer snaps off"

Seriously?

No particular reason, apparently, the vertical stabilizer just doesn't care for flying at low levels and pops right off the aircraft.

No follow-up in the article about what steps were taken to mitigate the issue... did they no longer fly B-52s at treetop levels? Did they fix the structural issue on later production models? Were they able to retroactively fix whatever flaw it had?


Agreed, weak article. Was also hoping it would go into the second crash that it mentioned at first, but never came back to.
2013-01-14 10:33:00 AM  
1 votes:
I used to know how many steps is was wingtip to wingtip. Stood on a flightline guarding those birds for many more days than I care to count, regardless of how beautiful they are.

/former SP
2013-01-14 10:22:33 AM  
1 votes:
At least it wasn't Iraq.

/It was Iraq Lobster!
2013-01-14 10:09:33 AM  
1 votes:
The crew tried to radio a May-Day, but it was all static on Channel Z.
2013-01-14 08:36:32 AM  
1 votes:
And they were being sent to reinforce the air base on planet claire.
 
Displayed 21 of 21 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report