Jan. 10, 1964....B-52

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    Jan. 10, 1964....B-52

    I found this on line while surfing around. Thought some of you aircraft buffs might like to read it and see the photo.

    January 10, 1964, started out as a typical day for the flight test group at Boeing's Wichita plant. Pilot Chuck Fisher took off in a B-52H with a three-man Boeing crew, flying a low-level profile to obtain structural data. Over Colorado, cruising 500 feet above the mountainous terrain, the B-52 encountered some turbulence. Fisher climbed to 14,300 feet looking for smoother air. At this point the typical day ended.The bomber flew into clear-air turbulence. It felt as if the plane had been placed in a giant high-speed elevator, shoved up and down, and hit by a heavy blow on its right side. Fisher told the crew to prepare to abandon the plane. He slowed the aircraft and dropped to about 5,000 feet to make it easier to bail out. But then Fisher regained some control. He climbed slowly to 16,000 feet to put some safety room between the plane and the ground. He informed Wichita about what was happening. Although control was difficult, Fisher said he believed he could get the plane back in one piece.

    Response to the situation at Wichita, and elsewhere, was immediate. An emergency control center was set up in the office of Wichita's director of flight test. Key Boeing engineers and other specialists were summoned to provide their expertise. Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control centers at Denver and Kansas City cleared the air around the troubled plane. A Strategic Air Command B-52 in the area maintained radio contact with the crew of the Wichita B-52. As Fisher got closer to Wichita, a Boeing chase plane flew up to meet him and to visually report the damage. When Dale Felix, flying an F-100 fighter, came alongside Fisher's B-52, he couldn't believe what he saw: The B-52's vertical tail was gone. Felix broke the news to Fisher and those gathered in the control center. There was no panic. Everyone on the plane and in the control center knew they could be called upon at any time for just such a situation. In the emergency control center, the engineers began making calculations and suggesting the best way to get the plane down safely. The Air Force was also lending assistance. A B-52, just taking off for a routine flight, was used to test the various flight configurations suggested by the specialists before Fisher had to try them. As high gusty winds rolled into Wichita, the decision was made to divert the B-52 to Blytheville Air Force Base in Northeastern Arkansas. Boeing specialists from the emergency control center took off in a KC-135 and accompanied Fisher to Blytheville, serving as an airborne control center.

    Six hours after the incident first occurred, Fisher and his crew brought in the damaged B-52 for a safe landing. "I'm very proud of this crew and this airplane," Fisher said. "Also we had a lot people helping us, and we're very thankful for that." The B-52, Fisher said, "Is the finest airplane I ever flew."
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    That is amazing - says a lot for the design and, the skills of the crew. Without a pic that'd be harder to believe! Thx for the post. Must say - as stab appears at least partially intact (just as well) - the fin and rudder are the only bits I'd wanna risk losing!

    I recently saw this vid (link below) of an F-15 brought back with one wing missing - yes, missing .......... if the B-52 incident was remarkable - this one is just mind-blowing. (It's about 12Mb)

    http://www.sonnyradio.com/F15.wmv
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    Holy !

    I can't even imagine the amount of 'turbulence' necessary to rip the tail off a plane... unbelievable..

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    Man, I'll bet that crew's pucker factor meter was red-lined on that flight!


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    My Dad's a real plane buff, lives and breathes it.
    He's told me a few stories about planes coming back from Germany in the war, Lancasters IIRC, that were so full of holes and missing so many parts that it was all the crew could do to keep a straight course.

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    That is absolutely amazing, for both the B-52 and the F-15.

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    I've read WW2 stories of entire german fighters imbedded in the side of B-17's and the bomber returning home safely. I wouldn't of believed them either if the pics hadn't accompanied the story. Sirvivability is a BIG plus with combat aircraft. The most recent incident I read about was an airbus or boeing cargo plane that had a major portion of it's flight controls blown away by a surface to air missile over Iraq. The crew had to learn how to fly the new configuration and land it all in the space of about an hour. I think this took place back in '02 or '03

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    WOW, both of those are amazing. They would sound like fairy tails if not for the pictures. (OK, pun intended)
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    I don't think that is an H-model...

    possibly and G-model or earlier...

    The H-model doesn't have tailguns, but is now an EW suite

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    Holy Crap. I'm guessing they must've figured out how to control yaw with the engines. Tricky with Jet engines because of delay from throttle input to engines.

    OH, thats right! the BUFF has landing gear that turn so you can land at an angle to the runway. That would be a big help I think. Just keep it on the centerline with your ailerons, trim the wheels.
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    LBromach--yep...they call it the cross-wind crab....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGguy229 View Post
    LBromach--yep...they call it the cross-wind crab....
    And it used to be classified!!
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    WOW

    B-52...amazing...
    F-15...if I didn't see it, I wouldn't have believed it!
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    Google up the B-52 crash near Seymour Johnson, NC Air Force Base in 1961. Was stationed at Ft. Bragg at the time and knew the AF EOD Techs who worked on that wreck. This is as close as it ever came to an unintentional nuclear detonation in the US.
    http://www.ibiblio.org/bomb/

    Google up the January, 1964 B-52 crash near Cumberland, MD. Some of my Army EOD friends from Port Clinton, OH worked on that one.

    Ah, heck, here they all are:
    http://www.milnet.com/cdiart.htm

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