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June 03, 2008


Jim C

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Dan Last

I flew approaches to a carrier off the coast of California in a B-52G while killing time waiting for an exercise to kick off in the mid 80's. I had a navy pilot in the IP seat telling me how to speak squid to the controllers. We shot two approaches. I am sure pictures were taken during the second, and I would love to have a copy if anyone has the picture. We did not fly below the deck level, just an approach to minimums.

Craig Reed

I witnessed this fly by from the port bow and it was quite a spectacle. I served on the Ranger from 87 to 90 and also was involved with the military exercises with the B1B low flying with jets roaring near the Ranger.
The Ranger was quite a workhorse during my years aboard, many days at sea with Russian TU 16 aircraft flying over our steel beach picnic and the USS Missouri firing off her 16 inch guns nearby.
Of all I enjoyed the Missouri the most!

Shawn D.

Kalikiano, it's not the flight control surfaces that cause the nose-down attitude -- it's the fact that the wing is set at a high angle of incidence on the fuselage due to the tandem landing gear. With tandem gear, B-52s cannot "rotate" on takeoff as other aircraft with tricycle gear do, so the wing is set at an angle. Think of F-8s and how their wing could be set at a higher incidence for takeoff and landing.

My crew did a few low passes like that over the years during various exercises. :)

-Shawn (former B-52 Electronic Warfare Officer)

Kalikiano Kalei

Interesting pictures of the BUFF fly-past of the carrier. What many folks (especially the Airedales) don't seem to be aware of is that the BUFF has a rather unique set of flight control surface configurations that allow it to be flown nose-down in a positive altitude gaining mode. That is, the aircraft can actually take off or gain altitude in a slightly nose down config. This can be seen in the photos and in any other aircraft such a startling 'nose down' attitude that close to the deck (H20, in this instance) would spell certain disaster. For a BUFF crew, however, business as usual. Not bad for a half century old aircraft, I think, that still has a few tricks up its sleeve!

Aircraft hangar doors

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Diana Solomon

Can anyone tell me what the symbols on the B 52's that carried and dropped the X15 are. There is B52 sitting in Hickham AFB right now with 3 symbols of the x15 one nose down one nose up and one nose stright. We were wondering if this stands for the 3 flights and the condition at the end of the 3 flights. Maybe someone out there has a Father or a Grandfather who flew or was crew. Thanks

Steeljaw Scribe

A little more Buff Love: http://photos1.blogger.com/photoInclude/blogger/3091/1295/1600/F-14-B-52.jpg
Ditto: http://steeljawscribe.com/2006/11/16/flightdeck-friday-the-project-valour-it-challenge



I recall a Tu-16 with similar proclivities, but a different outcome, involving the USS Essex.


Sorry 'bout that, Ivan!

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