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03-23-2009 04:27 AM  8 years agoPost 1
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This is not photoshopped. It happened in early 1990 in the Persian Gulf, while U.S. carriers and B-52s were holding joint exercises.

Two B-52s called the carrier (USS Ranger) and asked if they could do a fly-by, and the carrier air controller said yes. When the B-52s reported they were 9 kilometers out, the carrier controller said he didn't see them. The B-52s told the carrier folks to look down.

The paint job on the B-52 made it hard to see from above, but as it got closer, the sailors could make it out, and the water the B-52 jets were causing to spray out. It's very, very rare for a USAF aircraft to do a fly-by below the flight deck of a carrier. But B-52s had been practicing low level flights for years, to come in under Soviet radar.

In this case, the B-52 pilots asked the carrier controller if they would like the bombers come around again. The carrier guys said yes, and a lot more sailors had their cameras out this time.
http://strategypage.com/mil...

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03-23-2009 04:31 PM  8 years agoPost 2
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I was on the Ranger when they did that. It was pretty cool. I didn't know anyone got pictures of it though.

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03-23-2009 05:34 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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Low B52

That is some pretty impressive flying,not often you can look down on an aircraft of that size in a fly by.

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03-24-2009 02:56 AM  8 years agoPost 4
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Thats awesome!

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03-24-2009 06:30 PM  8 years agoPost 5
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Great photos, thanks for sharing!!!

I spent some time in Minot on base, seen a few buffs overhead flying low - that's a lot of hardware!

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03-24-2009 06:53 PM  8 years agoPost 6
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Lived in Minot for a while too and used to watch them doing touch & go's. Amazing that much real estate can hang in the air at that low airspeed.

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03-26-2009 01:36 AM  8 years agoPost 7
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wow, really fantastic!

cool!

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03-27-2009 04:39 AM  8 years agoPost 8
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I've stood next to a B 52 at a muesuem, that first picture really puts into perspective how big carriers are.

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03-27-2009 04:59 PM  8 years agoPost 9
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The Ranger is a small one compared to one of the newer carriers. We operated with the Carl Vinson one time, it was the newest carrier in the fleet at the time. Both carriers were pretty close to each other for a photo shoot. We we're standing on the Rangers flight deck and we we're looking in their hanger deck. The Carl Vinson's flight deck was probably 30 taller than the Rangers.

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03-27-2009 05:11 PM  8 years agoPost 10
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Buff 54, Pacific Center, Radar contact lost, say altitude....

Buff 54....uhm, current altitude....10...One Zero sir.

Buff 54, Pacific center...that explains it, good hunting.

Nice shots. Always though they flew a little funny with the tail high attitude. Modern Marvel for sure.

Thanks for the share.

Wait..what!?!?! No, that can't be!

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03-28-2009 10:29 AM  8 years agoPost 11
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Incidence is slightly off...

I know this is by design but makes you cringe looking at a B52 100ft off the deck flying level but the nose pointed 2-3 degrees down

Edited for stupidity

I only crash due to random planetary intervention

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03-28-2009 06:49 PM  8 years agoPost 12
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That would be "Caster" Is slightly off. Camber would be left and right tilt.
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03-29-2009 05:12 AM  8 years agoPost 13
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Oh yeah....Oops. I actually meant to say incidence and had a brain fart

I only crash due to random planetary intervention

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03-29-2009 11:10 AM  8 years agoPost 14
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I like the story brought back from F-111 pilots who came back from an exercise in the Med with the Navy back in the late 70's. I was in te UK and didn't get to go to Sardinia with the guys who went to the exercise.

The exercise was pretty much over and the Air Force guys talked the Navy into shooting approaches to the carrier, so the F-111's had done a few approaches and the Navy got on the radio and told them it was getting close to sunset so they were calling it quits because of the darkness.
This one Air Force pilot comes on and literally starts begging them saying he was on his way and he was close and on his way...
The Navy agree'd to one approach by him and the guys just estatic.
The other pilots are listening in on the radio and they here him calling out his distance to the carrier and the Navy comes back saying they can't see him and he comes back saying he's almost there and a few minutes go by and the Navy is telling the guy to come back tomorrow and everybody hears the Air Force pilot just begging saying he had to fly over from the other side of the range and he was only 6 miles out.
The Navy tells the guy he better hurry and they still can't see him yet and it is getting dark. The Air Force pilot tell them he's right there only 3 miles away. They said you could hear the the little kid just begging to be allowed to do it and the anxious parent telling the kid no because it was too dangerous. The Air Force pilot says he's only 1/2 mile out and he's got his gear down. The Navy is still saying they can't see him yet and to switch on his landing lights...
No reply from the Air Force Pilot and everybodies wondering what was going on...The Navy gets on the radio ordering the Air Force guy to abort and the Air Force pilot said he was switching on his landing lights.
Apparently just as he got up on the carrier the Air Force guy switched on all his lights, nav. lights too. He was flying a Buf... my pilot said the Navy wasn't too happy about that when they got back on the radio again!

I think the carrier may have been the USS Constellation, but I'm not sure. One of our F-111 pilots said he got a hit on the Constellation.

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03-29-2009 01:17 PM  8 years agoPost 15
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The above story made absolutely no sense to me.
Can you elaborate for me?
Thanks
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03-29-2009 01:39 PM  8 years agoPost 16
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okay.
after the sun had set or close to sunset when it was too dark to see clearly, the air force buzzed the deck of a aircraft carrier with a Buf, otherwise known as a "Big ugly fellow" or a B-52.
If your ex-military aviation you would have probably understood it.

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