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USAF Photo of the Day: One Big Bomber Over Kansas
ChamorroBible.org ^ | September 9, 2011 | U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Witt

Posted on 04/09/2013 11:20:49 AM PDT by EnjoyingLife

The Photographer 
Senior Airman Courtney Witt, United States Air Force  

Via 
http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large, huge



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: b2; bomber; chat; stealth
"The Plane That Would Bomb Iran: Inside the cockpit and culture of the B-2, whose pilots may carry the greatest responsibility in the U.S. military today" by Robert D. Kaplan

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2007/09/the-plane-that-would-bomb-iran/306133/?single_page=true
1 posted on 04/09/2013 11:20:49 AM PDT by EnjoyingLife
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To: EnjoyingLife

Obama’s wish: To have the bomber bomb Kansas.


2 posted on 04/09/2013 11:23:42 AM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: EnjoyingLife

The reflection off the pilots helmets look like eyes, pretty cool.


3 posted on 04/09/2013 11:29:27 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: brownsfan

That’s what I thinking. A bomber over Kansas is nothing to be excited about these days.


4 posted on 04/09/2013 11:31:51 AM PDT by MNDude (Have you ever noticed how many hate filled atheists there are on the Internet?)
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To: EnjoyingLife

When I was a kid in Kansas, B-52 bombers would accasionally pass overhead at a few hundred feet. If you were out in the middle of nowhere driving a tractor and couldn’t hear them coming, it would scare the crap out of you.


5 posted on 04/09/2013 11:33:27 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: EnjoyingLife

Gorgeous photo. I’d love to be in the photo plane. Thanks for posting!


6 posted on 04/09/2013 11:34:30 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: ozzymandus

You can’t hear the B2 until it has passed, either.


7 posted on 04/09/2013 11:34:32 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: EnjoyingLife

That is just ****ing awesome!


8 posted on 04/09/2013 11:39:27 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: ozzymandus

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8f/Dr._Strangelove_-_General_Buck_Turgidson.png/220px-Dr._Strangelove_-_General_Buck_Turgidson.png


9 posted on 04/09/2013 11:41:15 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: EnjoyingLife

New desktop background pic.

Thanks!


10 posted on 04/09/2013 11:42:06 AM PDT by moovova
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To: EnjoyingLife

They are things of beauty. I’m glad I’ve had a chance to see a few close up, both on the ground and in the air.


11 posted on 04/09/2013 11:42:29 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: EnjoyingLife

What if Napoleon had a B-2 at the Battle of Waterloo?


12 posted on 04/09/2013 11:45:38 AM PDT by OKRA2012
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13 posted on 04/09/2013 11:46:03 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: ozzymandus

I would bet you grew up W of Salina??

MFO


14 posted on 04/09/2013 11:47:36 AM PDT by Man from Oz
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To: EnjoyingLife

I haven’t been able to go...yet...

But the local Air National Guard in Topeka lets some people on ride-alongs. You go up with the 190th Air Refueling Wing on a KC135 tanker, and it refuels somebody (usually a B-2). A friend of mine got footage from the refueling station...the boom and the B-2 lining up and everything.

It looks like this photo i9s from a similar training mission. I think the bombers are at Whiting in Missouri, so they do alot of refueling exercises with the Topeka unit.


15 posted on 04/09/2013 11:47:46 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Man from Oz

Yep.


16 posted on 04/09/2013 11:49:20 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus
B-52 bombers would occasionally pass overhead at a few hundred feet.

Same here - I have seen a group of 4-5 B-52's flying low over the water on a big lake in Kentucky. They seemed like they were actually BELOW the level of the hills on the sides of the lake. I would guess no more than 200 feet AGL. This was probably in late 70's/early 80's.

17 posted on 04/09/2013 12:04:46 PM PDT by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: ozzymandus
When I was a kid in Kansas ...

When I was a kid in Kansas, I often heard B-29s overhead. In fact, to this day I can identify a B-29 by the sound overhead. I confirmed that about ten years ago at an air show.

All I recall are B-47s when the Air Force created the Strategic Air Command and opened SAC bases in Kansas. I understand Boeing in Wichita flew B-52s but I didn’t think there was a B-52 Wing at McConnell.

18 posted on 04/09/2013 12:06:54 PM PDT by MosesKnows
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To: EnjoyingLife
Looking at the full-size picture, I see that's aircraft 82-1070, the Spirit of Ohio. Fifth B-2 to be built. 82-1070 was part of the test program at Edwards AFB before it was reconfigured for operational use.

82-1070 was the jet used for climactic testing at the McKinley lab in Florida, earning the nickname "Fire and Ice."

I was able to see 82-1070 in its "Fire and Ice" regalia in 1995 while visiting Edwards and the Northrop plant as part of the B-2 team stationed at Whiteman AFB, Missouri.

Disclosure: the B-2 on display at the Air Force Museum in Wright-Patterson AFB is actually a test airframe (which never flew) painted to resemble this jet, with its "Fire and Ice" artwork.

19 posted on 04/09/2013 12:07:07 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: ozzymandus

I think it was back when the b-52s were around. A couple of ‘em flew low and loud enough to break windows in the area, and a spate of complaints came in.

One was from a rancher, who said,”Your aircraft came in low and broke the sound barrier - and three of my windows. However, I can’t gripe. If it was the Russians, they’d have broken more than my windows. Keep ‘em flying.”


20 posted on 04/09/2013 12:15:24 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Oatka

We had some problems with fighter jets breaking the sound barrier in the 60’s, and a lot of people complaining about the noise. I actually saw one guy do it, I was standing outdoors and saw a fighter jet dive at the town and pull up at a few hundred feet, shaking the whole town with a sonic boom. I can’t identify the type at this late date. No sonic booms from the B-52s, just a loud rumble and a cloud of black smoke.


21 posted on 04/09/2013 12:27:05 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: MosesKnows

My Dad worked on the B-29 assembly line at Wichita before he got drafted and sent to Okinawa.


22 posted on 04/09/2013 12:28:37 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

A pair of FA-18’s (four engines) landing at El Toro, over The 5 Freeway had the same affect. Lord how I miss those guys (Base closed in 1997).


23 posted on 04/09/2013 12:34:17 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: ozzymandus
B-52s were flying low level training flights from Omaha across Southern Iowa when I was in high school. One spring day in study hall, the library windows were open when one of our nuttier students noticed one of these big bombers sailing quietly past.
He yelled “AIR RAID !” at the top of his voice and dived under the table. The 80 kids in the room roared...
24 posted on 04/09/2013 12:34:34 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: EnjoyingLife

That is one mean-looking aircraft. No one is in his right mind would want to fool with it.


25 posted on 04/09/2013 1:33:13 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: EnjoyingLife
Here comes Crazy Uncle Joe for your guns America!

Wake Up!

26 posted on 04/09/2013 1:59:41 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: V_TWIN
The reflection off the pilots helmets look like eyes, pretty cool.

Looks like a roomy cockpit, which is good considering the very long missions they fly now.

27 posted on 04/09/2013 2:06:14 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Oatka

B-52s are still flying and good to go.


28 posted on 04/09/2013 2:14:27 PM PDT by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Obama’s thinking, “I’d like to have that as Air Force One.”


29 posted on 04/09/2013 2:14:34 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: pepperdog

Re: B-52s are still flying and good to go.

The first test flight of a B-52 was in 1952


30 posted on 04/09/2013 3:12:19 PM PDT by jesseam (eliev)
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To: ozzymandus

Yeah, it was probably the “new” jet fighters.


31 posted on 04/10/2013 10:33:33 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: ozzymandus

One of my thrills as a kid was watching a B-36 fly low over my house in Des Moines.


32 posted on 04/10/2013 10:44:10 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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