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B52 orbits this morning

Old 28th Aug 2019, 08:40
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B52 orbits this morning

For the last hour or so a B52 has been doing wide orbits NW/SE guessing 5000ft approx. 2 miles east of Tewkesbury, and 10 north of Cheltenham.
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Old 28th Aug 2019, 09:19
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It's burning off fuel before diverting into Fairford.
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Old 28th Aug 2019, 09:28
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Diverting from where?
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It was on it's way from Barksdale AFB to a "hot & sandy place" out East when it developed a problem over the Western Mediterranean, it's just landed at Fairford as they have the relevant engineering staff there.
There's also 3 B2s currently at Fairford for the annual exercise (and a U2).
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Old 28th Aug 2019, 10:52
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Thanks. Hellova diversion from the Med to Fairford.
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It had just topped up it's tanks from a KC135 when the problem arose so it had to keep flying for a few hours to burn off fuel to a safe landing weight, it headed for Fairford as they have all the facilities there.
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Great information - but where do you get it from??
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Possibly still trying to find Farnborough.....
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Originally Posted by vulcanite View Post
Great information - but where do you get it from??
From various forums, the best one is www.fightercontrol.co.uk , you need to post 5 times after joining before you can access their "Heads-up/OTT" section though.
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Originally Posted by vulcanite View Post
Thanks. Hellova diversion from the Med to Fairford.
Not when you still have 7 engines left if one goes out.
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Back in the 70s had a 747 SP one night couldn't get into a UK airport because of fog and diverted back to Seattle! Was on duty at Scottish. We thought he was nuts, but that's what he did.
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Back in the 70s had a 747 SP one night couldn't get into a UK airport because of fog and diverted back to Seattle! Was on duty at Scottish. We thought he was nuts, but that's what he did.
I know the SP had some range but how on earth did he have the gas for that?



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Old 20th Sep 2019, 18:22
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Originally Posted by Flightmech View Post
I know the SP had some range but how on earth did he have the gas for that?
It depends - the OP didn't say where it had originated from.

Obviously "diverted back to Seattle" doesn't mean it had started from there - if it had, it wouldn't have made it all the way back, even with zero payload.
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