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I'm on the east side.

I remember watching those things go out all day and all night. Except for Christmas and Bob Hope.

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A busy time to be sure.

One of the most impressive things I saw was while waiting for a ride after leaving the armory, a flight of three "D" models came in very low level. One leading and one trailing each wing tip. There were a lot of flights doing that as they were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Air Force. At least I thik that was the reason. They never did it again.

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Nice work on the B-52 diorama Russ. :worship:

I love the B-52 photos ikar...very cool to see those. :thumbsup:

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WHen those things came out of the reventment area the first would line up on the E.O.R. and go when he was ready. The second one would line up and after a couple seconds start his roll. he third would not even wait until he was completely lined up before he ran his engines up to full and started his takeoff roll. By that time about the only thing you could see was the top of his black tail just above the smoke.

When it cleared enough, the tankers, coming from the other side of the flight line would start their runs.

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Notice the aircraft in photo 3&4?

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Hi, All,

 

I finally got around to updating my bomb truck trailer. The first one was just too short to carry a full load of 750lb bombs to the aircraft. The tractor is from the first bomb truck.

 

Below is a picture of the real bomb truck with the long trailer. It has a load of twenty-four 500lb bombs for the pylons, instead of the usual 750lb bombs.

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I used the rear wheel assembly from an Academy M35 2.5 ton cargo truck. The rest of the trailer is scratch built.

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Below is a comparison of the length of my original bomb truck trailer and the new, longer version.

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And here is the finished trailer. The tractor is from the first bomb truck.

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Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Russ

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We're not worthy.

 

OUTSTANDING

 

I think you re-captured Andersen AFB, Guam during the height of the war.

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Thank you, Weirich1! Very kind of you.

 

I take it you were at Anderson AFB about that time. Did you work on the flight line?

 

 

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Thanks fpor posting your new trailer and bring this thread back from the depths of time.  That's some outstanding work!

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WOW!!! It's big and beautiful! Awesome work.

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 Nice diorama & love the vehicles, stands etc.  The B-52 always seems to have creases down the side.  This is the Duxford one - it landed shortest strip recorded for a B-52 which didn’t help with the condition of its side panels

 

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And we had a nice bit of coverage of a B-52 at Mildenhall last year when one heading back had a double engine fire and made an emergency landing - as someone said at the time the dreaded 6 engine approach.  So shots of the engine panels open shortly a after landing

 

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keep up the good work

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On 1/28/2020 at 6:10 AM, SakisG said:

WOW!!! It's big and beautiful! Awesome work.

Thanks, SakisG!

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17 hours ago, Bar Side said:

 Nice diorama & love the vehicles, stands etc.  The B-52 always seems to have creases down the side.  This is the Duxford one - it landed shortest strip recorded for a B-52 which didn’t help with the condition of its side panels

 

And we had a nice bit of coverage of a B-52 at Mildenhall last year when one heading back had a double engine fire and made an emergency landing - as someone said at the time the dreaded 6 engine approach.  So shots of the engine panels open shortly a after landing

 

keep up the good work

 

Thanks, Bar Side!  Yes, those creases are what we call wrinkles (like in my face 😀) and they are common on all B-52s because of the tendency of the tail to waggle a bit. Reinforcement strips were added down both sides of the fuselage and that helped. The creases in the later models are not as deep because they don't have that tall vertical stabilizer and heavy gun turret any more.

 

That landing at Mildenhall must have been white knuckles all the way in with two engines out on the same side 😯.

 

Cheers, and thanks for the info and the compliments!

 

Russ

 

 

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If you want a smile Russ this is the link to the clip of the B-52 arriving at Duxford.  Allegedly the shortest runway a B-52 ever landed on.  It was never going to fly out anyway, and I hear that the impact of the landing added somewhat to the body side creases!

 

 

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Very cool, Bar Side! Thank you! 

 

Pretty good for a plane that big and that old... and that ugly lol... and without thrust reversers yet 😀. BTW, I'm very beholding to that pilot, and to Duxford for preserving that bird. I gained a lot of information and measurements from their photos that I used in building my model.

 

Cheers and thanks again, Bar Side!

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Finally getting back to you.  I live just east of the Orlando city limits.

My first working day at U-Tapao we almost had a major accident happen in the bomb dump.  One of our Duce1/2 patrols had been delivering food to the towers there and made the mistake of trying to take a short cut across the grass.  Not a thing to do during monsoon season.  He sank it up to the frame.  I was acting as assistant in a M-706 with a 13 man reaction team when the driver, the real commander received a call and we diverted to the K-9 kennels and transferred into a M-113 that had been parked there in case it might be needed. I ended in the turret with the M-60 because sitting on top was not recommended, especially for a newbie.  We wound up at one of the bunkers controlling an entrance and found no guard present.  I was told to charge the weapon and make sure the rest of the team knew about this as we slowly went through the berms.  Finally we found a guard but he had no idea if anything was wrong.  About that time I saw a couple vehicles approaching behind up.  There was a payloader and a crane who motioned us to follow them.  We ended up at the site where the duce sank and now it had company, a wrecker was also heavily stuck.  While we stood by they sent the crane home and tried to pull the first wrecker out with the second one and only managed in lifting the front of the second wrecker off the ground a couple times and eventually pulled the front bumper off. Next they tried hooking our towing point to the wrecker to see if our 14 1/2 tons could do the job.  I had to lay down on the opened main hatch and keep an eye on the chain in case it showed signs it might snap.  Failing that they had the payloader load up with gravel and run a chain to the wrecker while we moved out of the way.  The payloader was up on the paved road and as he put strain on the chain and was burning rubber the chain broke and sent hm straight toward a flat bed loaded with fused bombs.  We watched as they tried again with the same results and then the commander got out of the area as fast as possible.   

The next day the armored car got stuck in the mud after using its cable to pull one of our jeeps loose.  The motor pool refused to help citing that the only wrecker they had capable of the job would be in the shop waiting for its new bumper, which it lost the precious day because of some stupid cop who got his truck stuck.  They never liked us anyway.

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I remember seeing the old "D" models parked all over Anderson...and the old "steam jet" A model 135's

I was crewing the A model C-5 at the time from Travis AFB.

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Russ, which blue paint did you use for the vehicles?

 

Thanks

 

Jonah

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Jonah,

According to USAF Tech Order, it should be Strata Blue FS15045.

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