The B2 Bomber

Friday, February 03, 2006
Peace through superior firepower

18 comments:

Peter UK said...

I saw a B35 flying over where I lived as a kid,very low amazingly noisy.

Luther McLeod said...

B-36? Same for me, they were noisy. I loved it. Apologies if assumption of time frame is wrong:-)

Luther McLeod said...

And lest I forget, those were great photo's rogera. Thanks for passing them on. Though as I have always said, those pilot's should be paying 'us' for the privledge...what I wouldn't give...

Peter UK said...

Luther,well which ever the prop driven flying wing was.
Perhaps you have hit on a way of making the military profitable.

Luther McLeod said...

Not profitable, but couldn't they at least pay for fuel?

As a youth, did you live near Palmdale?

All in jest Peter, the pixel world is quite difficult at times.

vnjagvet said...

Great photos, Roger.

Peter UK said...

Luther the was a big USAF airbase at Burtonwood,out Liverpool way.

Luther McLeod said...

Peter

When in London a few years ago I could have had a personalized tour of Duxford from the Director of same (I had a contact). But no, my wife had to see the Nightingale museum instead :-(. Though on another trip I did spend over an hour looking for my C-130 at Bentwaters, in the fog :-). Damn it was thick.

sammy small said...

Luther,

I spent a couple of years at Bentwaters back in the mid 70's but don't remember too much fog or very many 130's poking around. Mostly just low ceilings and lots of F-4s.

Eric Blair said...

Big things.

Gotta love technology.

Peter UK said...

That's interesting,the designer of the B35, John K. Northrop. John Northrop was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1895.
Who said New Jersey was just Deliverance Country with electricity?

markg8 said...

I don't think the B-35 or it's jet engined variant the B-49 ever made it out of California. It was a concept before it's time. Muroc AFB was renamed Edwards after a test pilot who died at the controls when a B-35 prototype broke up in flight. Tell us again where you're from Peety.

Peter UK said...

Mr Ballard,the lavatory is backing up again.

Buddy Larsen said...

That B-47 was sure a tight little beauty.

"So streamlined was the Stratojet that it proved reluctant to lose speed whenever power was reduced, and the six-engine bomber floated at 50 feet for what seemed forever. Yeager used nearly eight miles of lakebed runway getting it on the ground, and later claimed that it was like flying a hot air balloon. Landing parachutes were later added to all B-47s.
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Peter UK said...

Interesting story about the B2.When at a demonstration using a an airfield in the UK the B2 had to have two F16s at its wingtips because the control tower couldn't see it an radar.
When cleared for takeoff,the pilot requested that the control tower inform him when the F16s,already airborne five miles out, were a mile from the runway.
When they hit the spot the B2 fired up its engines and took off exactly as the F16s went on station.
Busby Berkley's got nothing on the USAF.

Buddy Larsen said...

wo--love to've see THAT!

Luther McLeod said...

Sammy

You are correct. I mixed up my bases, it was Woodbridge not Bentwaters. The aircraft and I were just passing through from Germany. Even the full time folks could not find my airplane. The fog was thick.

markg8 said...

Before you delete this post at least try and prove me wrong.

Interersting story about the Ukrainians. Seems they developed a radar they'll sell (our government accused them of sellng it to Saddam prior to the invasion) for about $30,000 a pop that'll light up a B-2
(or a F-117 for that matter) like a B-36. It really sucks to have invested the kind of money my government has in a weapons system only to find out that when push comes to shove it might just be a slow sluggish bomber that without it's now questionable tiny
radar signature is as affective as a B-47.

Before you delete this post at least try and prove me wrong.