Skip to comments.USAF Photo of the Day: One Big Bomber Over Kansas
Posted on 04/09/2013 11:20:49 AM PDT by EnjoyingLife
Senior Airman Courtney Witt, United States Air Force
http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large, huge)
Obama’s wish: To have the bomber bomb Kansas.
The reflection off the pilots helmets look like eyes, pretty cool.
That’s what I thinking. A bomber over Kansas is nothing to be excited about these days.
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.
Gorgeous photo. I’d love to be in the photo plane. Thanks for posting!
You can’t hear the B2 until it has passed, either.
That is just ****ing awesome!
New desktop background pic.
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.
What if Napoleon had a B-2 at the Battle of Waterloo?
I would bet you grew up W of Salina??
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.
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.
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 didnt think there was a B-52 Wing at McConnell.
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.
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.”
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.
My Dad worked on the B-29 assembly line at Wichita before he got drafted and sent to Okinawa.
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).
That is one mean-looking aircraft. No one is in his right mind would want to fool with it.
Looks like a roomy cockpit, which is good considering the very long missions they fly now.
B-52s are still flying and good to go.
Obama’s thinking, “I’d like to have that as Air Force One.”
Re: B-52s are still flying and good to go.
The first test flight of a B-52 was in 1952
Yeah, it was probably the “new” jet fighters.
One of my thrills as a kid was watching a B-36 fly low over my house in Des Moines.