Fairchild Air Force Base Shootings Were 20 Years Ago This Friday

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    Fairchild Air Force Base Shootings Were 20 Years Ago This Friday

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    I had retired from Fairchild a couple years before this happened. Always had and always will be crazies.

    With reference to the stated B-52 crash, while I was there (Previous to the Buff Crash) a KC-125A and A B-52 were practicing "air show" maneuvers and the tanker crashed, barely missing personnel on the flightline and Ops building, killing six. I was about 100 yards away from the impact site. Seems Folks at FAFB have a hard time remembering history.
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    I read about that accident when it happened. I guess the AC had never experienced an accelerated stall leading to a spin in a B-52. Though it wasn't much of a spin that close the to ground. That was entirely needless and irresponsible on the part of the pilot.
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    Regardless, God Speed to all the Soals!

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    Thank you for remembering those lost, and recognizing Sgt Brown (in the other thread).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wunderneun View Post
    I read about that accident when it happened. I guess the AC had never experienced an accelerated stall leading to a spin in a B-52. Though it wasn't much of a spin that close the to ground. That was entirely needless and irresponsible on the part of the pilot.
    I think the bigger part of the issue is that model of B-52 (Hs) does not have ailerons, only spoilers. Instead of raising or lowering a wing like ailerons, spoilers only kill the lift and let gravity take over. When you roll past a certain point, the spoilers lose effectiveness and a stall is inevitable.
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    A buddy of mine survived that shooting.

    He retreated out of the hospital and hid near the road and saw the shooter taken down.

    He's still upset about the incident to this day, as he lost some of his co-workers...
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