Wed, Nov 07, 2012
Aircraft Had Recently Come Out Of Maintenance
A B-52 bomber being test-flown on Thursday after undergoing maintenance shed flaps from both of its wings on takeoff, according to officials at Tinker Air Force Base in OK. It was not specified if it was the inboard, outboard, or all of the flaps that separated from the airplane.
The Logistics Center at the base overhauls about a dozen of the long-serving bombers each year. They are stationed at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana and Minot AFB in North Dakota.
According to a report appearing in The Oklahoman, the flaps on both the port and starboard wings came off the airplane during takeoff on the test flight. The engineer who reported the incident to the paper did not wish to be named. Base spokesman Ron Mullan confirmed the incident, adding that "the pilot landed the aircraft safely." No one was injured, and base officials are reportedly "looking into" the incident.
According to the Air Force, the B-52A first flew in 1954, and the B model entered service in 1955. A total of 744 B-52s were built with the last, a B-52H, delivered in October 1962. The first of 102 B-52H's was delivered to Strategic Air Command in May 1961. The H model can carry up to 20 air launched cruise missiles. In addition, it can carry the conventional cruise missile that was launched in several contingencies during the 1990s, starting with Operation Desert Storm and culminating with Operation Iraqi Freedom.
(USAF file photo. Not incident airplane)
Also: Keeping R/C History Alive, P-8A Training, R44 Cadets, Sea-Tac, China Eastern, Gulfstream G280 Record “When you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with >[...]
Also: Rockwell Collins Buys B/E Aerospace, Airport Licensing, Drone Permits, Revised LODA, Aero-Calendar, Aerosonde HQ SUAS, Gogo Business Aviation, Hilf New CEO Of Vulcan, Battle >[...]
Cavanaugh Flight Museum The Cavanaugh Flight Museum opened in October 1993, the brainchild of its founder, entrepreneur Jim Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh placed his growing collection of hi>[...]
A departure from a current clearance, such as an off course maneuver to avoid weather or turbulence.>[...]
“The death of Bob Hoover is a tremendous loss to the entire aviation community. Bob was a great friend and mentor to countless aviators in the military, manufacturing, test p>[...]