B-52 Deployment

B-52 Deployment

Postby Seamus on Thu 09 Jun 2016, 9:48 am

Morning all,

Managed a couple fo visits to Fairford over the last few days to catch the B-52 movements as part of BALTOPS/Saber Strike. Took advantage of the European airshow flypasts on Saturday and caught ICER01 departing and returning to Fairford.

ImageBoeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0007 US Air Force RAF Fairford 04/06/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageBoeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0007 US Air Force RAF Fairford 04/06/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageBoeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0007 US Air Force RAF Fairford 04/06/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Tuesday morning saw a bonus U-2 arrival as DRAGON86 limped in with Hyrdaulic issues...

ImageLockheed U-2S 80-1089/BB US Air Force RAF Fairford 07/06/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Before ICER02 arrived in much better early evening light, although with an emergency of its own, landing on seven engines.

ImageBoeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0007/MT US Air Force RAF Fairford 07/06/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageBoeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0007/MT US Air Force RAF Fairford 07/06/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageBoeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0007/MT US Air Force RAF Fairford 07/06/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageBoeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0007/MT US Air Force RAF Fairford 07/06/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageBoeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0007/MT US Air Force RAF Fairford 07/06/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageBoeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0007/MT US Air Force RAF Fairford 07/06/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Not a bad return, especially having missed any B-52 movements during the previous two deployments. Thanks for looking, comments welcomed.

Cheers,

Shaun
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Re: B-52 Deployment

Postby Big Eric on Thu 09 Jun 2016, 4:27 pm

Excellent shots. :clap:
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Re: B-52 Deployment

Postby Tommy on Thu 09 Jun 2016, 7:03 pm

The 5th shot is immense, buddy. :up: :up: :up:
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Re: B-52 Deployment

Postby Wissam24 on Thu 09 Jun 2016, 7:04 pm

"The dreaded seven engine approach"
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Re: B-52 Deployment

Postby Seamus on Fri 10 Jun 2016, 7:55 pm

Thanks for the comments chaps, much appreciated :up:
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Re: B-52 Deployment

Postby BusEng on Fri 10 Jun 2016, 9:01 pm

Wonderful set of pics, shots 6 and 7 for me though, what a beauty.

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Re: B-52 Deployment

Postby CJS on Sat 11 Jun 2016, 6:59 pm

Cracking set of shots, nice to nab the U-2 too! Out of interest, given the length of Fairford's runway, why would they use the parachute? I get it if one of them was landing with an issue but the first one has used it too. Would they periodically use them just to test them out?
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Re: B-52 Deployment

Postby Seamus on Sun 12 Jun 2016, 1:04 pm

Thanks for the extra comments chaps :up:

I couldn't say for sure why they use a brake chute every time, but I'd assume as a fail-safe should there be a braking issue. They certainly take some stopping, and I'm not sure I've seen them land without using the chute in recent years...
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Re: B-52 Deployment

Postby FarnboroJohn on Sun 12 Jun 2016, 2:13 pm

I know silk parachutes had issues with sticking together if damp or staticked (is that a word?) so they may pop them each landing just because they need to be opened and repacked anyway for safety reasons.

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Re: B-52 Deployment

Postby steved on Sun 12 Jun 2016, 2:56 pm

Great pictures :clap: , and by coincidence "A Gathering of Eagles", 1963 film starring Rock Hudson was on TV Saturday AM, featuring the B-52.
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