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The 60-Year History of the B-52 StratofortressWhen General Nathan Twining, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957, called the Boeing B-52 “the long rifle of the air age” shortly after it entered service on June 29, 1955, no one imagined that the eight-engine, 390,000-pound bomber would still be operational 60 years later. (gearpatrol.com) More...
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It is an awe inspiring sight to stop at the North end of KBAD and watch one on a long straight in final for 15, with everything dragging, and if you are at the little git n go across I 20, they come across your top.
The common pronunciation of the last word in BUFF was not "fellow".
Nope!! LOL, kinda like the rear end device on a freight train now affectionately known as FRED. Officially Federal Rear End Device or something to that effect but to the railroad men it's just a F%^&*() red light
We called the C5 FRED. LOL
One last memory, while working Local in the tower one afternoon. I order a Buff to the "HOLD Short Line", when the AC rolled over it and on too the active rwy, I advised the pilot of the situation and to my amazement he activated the reverse thursters and backed that sucker up to the proper position. Whoda thunk it?
Thrust reverse on a BUFF? How come that big drag chute?