Skip to comments.The Big Ugly Fat Fella flies into the future: Seventy years after the first B-52, the world's most brutal bomber is being refitted to clock up a century in service
Posted on 01/26/2021 11:23:50 PM PST by knighthawk
Flying in formation and dropping their mighty payloads together, the bombs from a B-52 attack fall so thickly that they look from a distance like a rain shower.
With some 70,000 pounds of ordnance — up to 108 bombs in each plane — tumbling out of each B-52’s huge belly and from under its 185 ft wings, a carpet-bombing run by a Boeing Stratofortress leaves little in its wake.
It pulverised cities in Vietnam in the 1960s, obliterated Iraq’s defences before Operation Desert Storm three decades later and scared the wits out of generations of Soviet leaders.
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Well, the Ma Deuce .50 Caliber MG is coming up on nearly a century in service. Sometimes, the engineers just hit their groove . . .
Not your father’s or even your grandfather’s Air Force but possibly their bird.
And the 7.62x54 round has been in continuous use since 1891. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
General Buck Turgidson approves 👍
“The dreaded seven-engine approach.”
Or the one from Vietnam - where an F4 Phantom formated on a B-52D and radioed “Hey big fella - can you do this?” - and proceded to do a complete barrel roll around the Buff.
The B-52 pilot replied “Hey little fella - can you do this” - and proceded sedately on his way.
After a couple of minutes the Phantom pilot asked “What did you do?” - to which the B-52 pilot replied “I shut down two engines!”
Big Ugly Fat Fella?
LOL! That’s not the way I heard it!
Big Ugly Fat Fellow, is for dinner parties and when the preacher comes to town, ONLY!!
Proud former crazy American G.I., resident of U-Tapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield, Rayong Province, Thailand, 1971 - 1974!!
(LBFM’s forever, but that too, is not for dinner parties or preachers)
First real novel I ever read was Flight of the Old Dog. Like 1988 or 89 lol. I remember driving down hwy 99 by Castle AFB watching them land.
I’ll say it: TTIWWOP!
[General Buck Turgidson approves 👍]
I mean, you just can’t expect a bunch of ignorant peons to understand a machine like some of our boys.
I was maybe 12...
Indeed. While perhaps one of the most inept (or at least indecisive) battlefield commanders in American military history, George McClellan was not a dullard. He started medical school at the University of PA at age 14, and later received an age waiver to go to West Point, where he graduated second in his class at 19.
After touring European cavalry schools, he returned to the US and designed the M1859 saddle, which has remained (with some modifications) in the US Military inventory to this day (albeit with ceremonial units). As such it represents the single item in the longest continuous use in the US military inventory. The USMC Officer's Mameluke Sword was originally adopted in 1825, however, it was discontinued from usage from 1859–1875 before being restored.
I think I heard it the same way you did.
Used to pass to the southeast of Carswell AFB on my weekly run from Arlington to Burleson to see my high school girlfriend. Every so often the SAC B52s would pass over my VW low and slow with the engines screaming. Never failed to scare the heck out of me, thinking my car was coming apart.
I used to live on the approach into Westover. You got so used to the sound you wouldn’t even look up. Such a distinctive sound—40 years later I heard one flying into an air show and I heard it. It was like being transported into my back yard in 1972. I love those planes.
I thought this was an article about Jerry Nadler
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