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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2022 at 22:52
OH-LXM (Finnair A320-214) had departed Helsinki Airport on flight AY1801 to Verona and was climbing to higher altitudes over Vanhankaupunginlahti

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2022 at 19:31
B1b Lancer,
taking off from Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City South Dakota US





Interestingly B52's (BUFF), commissioned in 1952, will still be flying Air Force missions long after Lancers will be gone. They have recently been refitted w new Rolls Royce engines...
(They are cost effective)!





Lunch with a B52
a favorite BUFF photo of mine

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Post Options Post Options   Quote 4paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2022 at 00:06
Nice sexy shot of the B1b! - trees for some foreground perspective. ... OMG you were not kidding! The press release says B-52s are supposed to fly another 30 years!!!! That will be close to a century!...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2022 at 09:07
Your right there's almost no doubt B52's will have been flying missions for the US Air Force continuously for over a century

Back many, many years ago we had a saying "The last pilot to fly BUFF hasn't been born Yet"
Although I don't think any of us expected a Century...Holy Cow!

I like the "Lunch with a B52" pic. Mostly cause I was there
although many might be aghast
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2022 at 14:06
Obviously, reliability, servicing and and flying cost per hour play a very important role - and here the B52 shines! Just look at the fate of the F-22 Raptor!

I think people now much more appreciate everything that is related to security and defense. Times definitely have changed.

And you were not the only photographer to grab that lunch!

All the best, Josef!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 June 2022 at 07:10
Operation Chrome Dome was a United States Air Force Cold War-era mission from 1960 to 1968 in which B-52 strategic bomber aircraft armed with thermonuclear weapons remained on continuous airborne alert and flew routes to points on the Soviet Union's border.


In 1957 the USAF demonstrated the bomber's reach by having three B-52s fly non-stop around the world.
(We can hit you anywhere)


There's more than serviceability. Buff and the men who flew them saved our ass from the Soviets during the Cold War. IMHO it was America's greatest single deterrent. I have always known it as the "Cold War Warrior"
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ps; there is an excellent movie "Gathering of Eagles" starring Rock Hudson
 



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