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The BUFFS at Minot burned some jet fuel that day!

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This is the first time I have herd about "Exercise Global Thunder" It is a 15 ship MITO at Minot AFB, ND... For those that receive this email and were not in the AF, MITO means Minimum Interval Take Off. During the cold war if the President had to launch the alert bomber force they had 15 minutes to get them all off. They went down the runway at 15 seconds apart...Enjoy... Considering these birds are more than twice as old as the airmen flying them, this is pretty impressive. More… (www.fark.com) Altro...

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ronstewart
We used to go tothe Spokane drags and it was always a sight as a B52 would be on finals every hour or so. It would fly just past the stands in front of us. kind of added to the show. Does anyone know when the next MITO is and if it involves B52's and would it be at Minot or Barksdale?
blarg88
This was very cool, I remember years ago a B-52 flying into the airport in Hamilton, Ontario for the airshow, and just one shook the house as it flew over, I can't imagine 15 of them flying over.
alistairm
alistairm 0
Best damn thing Boeing ever made!
bishops90
The BUFF can definitely use up some fuel and create a ruckus. Love to see e'm re-engined (a-la C-5) and fly for another 50 years! Never happen though I know. I got to see the one fly in for the airshow at MCAS Cherry point ten or so years ago. Very cool.
bishops90
Couple of other things I noticed after watching the whole thing:
Wing flex - the wingtip gear leaves the ground about a thousand feet before the rest of the plane
Rotation - or lack of. The whole aircraft just lifts off the ground without much rotation at all

Lastly, if you ever see this happen and it's NOT a drill, HEAD FOR THE HILLS BRO' cause it's about to hit the fan!
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 0
The t/o attitude of the 52 is definitely different. I think it happens that way when you have lots of flap deployed and lots of power to overcome it. I can put 40degrees of flaps on a Cessna 400 and t/o and it feels more like my days flying helos. It just ascends. Of course It's not advisable at max weight like the Boeing does.
ToddBaldwin3
Now that brought back some memories
jkudlick
I have heard of pilots flying the same aircraft their fathers or grandfathers flew. Except for the upgrades and retrofits, some of the BUFFs in the air now are the same aircraft that were flying in the 1950s and 60s. Great find, thanks for sharing!
canuck44
canuck44 0
Competing with the Canadian SeaKing for longevity (1962). These are all "H" models delivered in 62 and 63. Here is a spoof recruiting poster that the SeaKing 50th Reunion has on their FB page.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150428471141271&set=o.108181862535364&type=1&ref=nf

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