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Per fortuna non era la " bomba " .

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45 minuti fa, engine ha scritto:

Per fortuna non era la " bomba " .

In passato è successo che avessero perduto anche quella ... :ph34r:

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Missione conclusa ... le 'Stratofortezze' rientrano alla base ...

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Four B-52s and about 300 airmen returned to Barksdale AFB, La., after a four-week task force deployment to Europe that included training exercises throughout that continent and the Middle East.
The bombers from the 2nd Bomb Wing flew 32 sorties at its deployed home base of RAF Fairford, England, and trained with 13 total partner nations since first deploying last month.

... airforcemag.com ... Barksdale B-52s Return from Task Force Deployment to Europe ...

Anche qui ... barksdale.af.mil ... BTF 20-1 concludes at Fairford ...

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Lamiere ... ondulate ...

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Not only is the photo remarkable because it pictures a rare (not catastrophic) engine mishap, but also because another peculiar feature of the B-52 is clearly visible: the so-called “beauty wrinkles” on the front fuselage of the iconic bomber.
Our readers have noticed these “wrinkles” or “ripples“. 
Commenting our post on social networks, many have suggested they may have been a sign of the airframes aging. 
However, they have nothing to do with age of the B-52: they are the visual effect of the aircraft’s skin buckling.

... theaviationist.com ... Let’s Talk About The B-52 Strategic Bomber’s Characteristic “Skin Wrinkles” ...

Anche qui ... popularmechanics.com ... The B-52 Bomber’s 'Wrinkles' are a Feature, Not a Flaw ...

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Il 23/9/2019 in 19:05 , FrancescoBaracca ha scritto:

L'F130 è la proposta di Rolls-Royce per la rimotorizzazione di questi non proprio giovani ottamotori.Tale motore nella sua variante commerciale è già utilizzato da vari Gulfstream e dal 717, bimotori molto più piccoli e meno assetati di potenza, ed a tal proposito non capisco come mai non si possa "osare" di più e di trasformare il BUFF in un quadrimotore con motori un po' più potenti, probabilmente andando a risparmiare sulla necessità di manutenzione.

https://www.rolls-royce.com/media/press-releases/2019/16-09-2019-rr-f130-engine-for-b-52-completes-early-testing-in-indianapolis.aspx

RID ha dato questa notizia ... ieri ...

... https://www.portaledifesa.it/index~phppag,3_id,3511.html ...

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Rimotorizzazione ... qualcosa (finalmente) si muove ...

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The US Air Force (USAF) released a draft request for proposal to replace the engines of the ageing Boeing B-52H Stratofortress.
The notice brings the B-52H re-engine programme one step closer to kick off.
The service plans to buy 608 commercial engines – plus additional spare engines and support equipment – enabling it to operate the heavy bombers until at least 2050, a 23 April notice says. 
The USAF plans to award a contract in May 2021. 
The engines are to be delivered over 17 years.

... flightglobal.com ... US Air Force issues draft request for proposal to replace B-52 engines ...

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Ammetto di non seguire molto la vicenda dei B-52, ma, anno dopo anno, l'idea che vogliano insistere a tenere in servizio questi dinosauri mi sembra sempre più una farsa.

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Un commento sull'attuale situazione della forza da bombardamento USA da parte di un generale a riposo (*) ...

... defensenews.com ... https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2020/04/23/americas-bomber-force-is-facing-a-crisis/ ...

(*) ... af.mil ... https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107957/major-general-lawrence-a-stutzriem/ ...

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12 ore fa, Signs_of_Life ha scritto:

Ammetto di non seguire molto la vicenda dei B-52, ma, anno dopo anno, l'idea che vogliano insistere a tenere in servizio questi dinosauri mi sembra sempre più una farsa.

Non sono nemmeno io un sostenitore del tirare a oltranza ma hanno ancora una certa valenza operativa per carico e armamenti integrati. Un camion porta - bombe per non mandare un B-2 da Guam a fare la guerra ai cammelli. 

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Il 28/4/2020 in 10:57 , Signs_of_Life ha scritto:

Ammetto di non seguire molto la vicenda dei B-52, ma, anno dopo anno, l'idea che vogliano insistere a tenere in servizio questi dinosauri mi sembra sempre più una farsa.

"Dinosauri" che, di tanto in tanto, perdono qualche pezzo ... 😟

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A B-52 assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., lost an access panel during a May 1 flyover to honor individuals on the frontlines of the fight against the new coronavirus in New Orleans.
Around 10:30 a.m. local time, a hand-sized panel from the Stratofortress became dislodged over New Orleans city limits, wing spokesperson 2nd Lt. Aileen Lauer told Air Force Magazine later the same day.
“The panel landed on private property and was quickly recovered by Air Force personnel, in partnership with local authorities,” she said.

... airforcemag.com ... Barksdale B-52 Loses Panel During New Orleans Flyover ...

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Rimotorizzazione ... si parte ... rilasciata la RFP ...

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The Air Force on May 19 issued its request for proposals on the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program, calling for responses by July and a contract award expected in June 2021.
GE Aviation, Raytheon Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney unit, and Rolls-Royce have all said they will compete.
The service, in the RFP, confirmed it wants to buy a total of 608 engines to equip 76 B-52s, each of which mounts eight engines arrayed two each in four nacelles. 
For prototyping purposes, USAF will start with 20 engines - 16 for two aircraft plus four spares. 
The first contract will be indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, with production models delivered through 2037. 
The B-52 is slated to remain in service through 2050.

... airforcemag.com ... USAF Releases B-52 Engine Replacement RFP, Award Expected July 2021 ...

Anche qui ... defensenews.com ... US Air Force launches contest to replace the B-52 bomber’s engine ...

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Rimotorizzazione ...Rolls-Royce fa formalmente un passo avanti ...

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Rolls-Royce formally entered the competition to re-engine the B-52 as expected, offering its F130 engine already in use in some USAF aircraft to power the bomber.
The Air Force on May 19 issued its request for proposals for the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program, with responses due on July 22 and a contract award expected in June 2021. 
In addition to Rolls-Royce, GE Aviation, and Raytheon Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney will compete for the award.

... airforcemag.com ... Rolls-Royce Formally Enters B-52 Re-Engining Competition ...

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I "giganti" tornano in Europa ...

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Six B-52s trained alongside Royal Norwegian F-16s and F-35s in Northern Norway shortly after they deployed to Europe on Aug. 22.
The task force of B-52s deployed to RAF Fairford, England, from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., for a “long-planned training mission where the aircraft will conduct theater and flight training across Europe and Africa,” U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa said in a release.

... airforcemag.com ... B-52s Deploy to Europe, Train in Norway ...

La domanda che sorge spontanea è ... "Saranno 'ospiti' anche dell'Italia"? ...

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Mentre i "giganti" volano in formazione ... i caccia norvegesi di scorta accendono il postbruciatore ...

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Arriva "Laura🌀 ... e i "giganti" sloggiano, per precauzione, da Barksdale ... 🌩️ ⛈️ 🌊

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As Hurricane Laura strengthens to a Category 4 storm, Eighth Air Force is moving most of its 47 or so B-52 bombers at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to other locations and putting base personnel at HURCON 2, the second-highest storm readiness level, rather than evacuating personnel, a 2nd Bomb Wing spokesman said.
Barksdale, which hosts 8th Air Force, Global Strike Command, and about half the Air Force’s B-52H force, is located in northwest Louisiana, almost directly in the path of Laura, which is predicted to skirt the Louisiana/Texas border after making landfall the night of Aug. 26. 
The National Hurricane Center predicted Laura will still be at about Category 1 strength, with winds up to 95 miles per hour, when it reaches the vicinity of Shreveport and Bossier City, where Barksdale is located, the morning of Aug. 27.

... airforcemag.com ... Barksdale Changes Course, Evacuating Bombers Ahead of Hurricane Laura ...

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Prosegue l'attività dei B-52H inviati in Europa ...

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Six B-52s on Aug. 28 overflew all North Atlantic Treaty Organization member nations, both in Europe and in North America, as part of a mission called “Allied Sky” that was designed to “demonstrate NATO solidarity.”
Four B-52s deployed to RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, flew over European member nations, while two B-52s from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., flew over the U.S. and Canada. All of the bombers are part of Minot’s 5th Bomb Wing.
“U.S. security commitments to the NATO Alliance remain ironclad,” said Gen. Tod D. Wolters, commander of U.S. European Command ...

... airforcemag.com ..... B-52s Fly Over All NATO Member Nations in One Day ...

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A casa ... dopo l'uragano ...

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The 2nd Bomb Wing’s B-52s have returned to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and operations there have returned to a normal operating tempo just two days after Hurricane Laura swept toward nearby Shreveport and threatened grave damage, a wing spokesman said.
Laura was still a Category 1 storm pushing winds in excess of 85 miles per hour when it passed within a few miles of Barksdale, in northwest Louisiana, but the base itself saw far less fierce winds and only suffered minor damage and flooding, the spokesman said. 
Airmen on base took precautionary measures, such as boarding up windows and deploying sandbags in areas prone to flooding during heavy rains.

... airforcemag.com ... Barksdale Bombers Home, Operations Back to Normal ...

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Durante il flyover sulla regione del Mar Nero è successo questo con i flanker. Questa si che è stata pericolosa come manovra.

 

Al contempo, un altro B-52 nel baltico veniva scortato da un altro flanker mentre era su spazio internazionale finendo per violare lo spazio aereo danese. Dure le proteste di rito. 

https://www.airforcemag.com/nato-russian-su-27-violates-danish-airspace-while-pursuing-b-52/

 

Edited by fabio-22raptor

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Volo di addestramento sul Mar Baltico ... 

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Three USAF B-52s flew through the Baltic Sea region on Aug. 31, training with aircraft from six nations and flying over Latvia just days after a Russian aircraft reportedly violated NATO airspace to intercept another B-52.
During the Aug. 31 flight, the B-52s, which are deployed as part of the bomber task force at RAF Fairford, U.K., trained with aircraft from Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, and Portugal, then flew over Riga, Latvia, according to a U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa release. 
A USAF KC-135 from RAF Mildenhall, U.K., supported the bomber flight.

... airforcemag.com ... B-52s Train With 6 Nations Over Baltic Sea ...

Singolare il fatto che la presenza dei B-52 in Europa e la partecipazione di velivoli italiani alle loro operazioni di volo sia tuttora ignorata dal sito dell'Aeronautica Militare ...

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