ILS28Rite From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 3 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11740 times:
Tried searching the forum but didn't find quite what I was looking for. Most of the folks reading this forum know the B52 was used extensively during the Vietnam war. Each jet could carry something like 80 bombs in its bomb bay. My question is how long did it take the ordnance crews in Thailand and Guam to fully re-load a B52 bomb bay in preparation for its next sortie? I guess It can be safely assumed that during the famous "Arc Light" , "Rolling Thunder" and "Linebacker" bombing campaigns that re-arming B52's with bombs was a 25-hour a day, 8 day a week ordeal. The B52's based on Guam had to then fly for hours to traverse the 2,800 mile journey to Vietnam, just to spend 60 seconds or so to drop its bombs, then head for home.
So, again, in a nutshell, how long did it take to fully re-arm a B52 for a bomb run during the Vietnam war?
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 11449 times:
Only the B-52D, with the 'Big Belly' mod could carry 80 Mk. 84s 500 lb bombs in clips in the internal bomb bay. They also carried an additional 24 bombs on the wing pylons, 12 on each side. The first model B-52 that was used was the B-52F, which carried 27 bombs internally and 24 on wing pylons, like the B-52D. The B-52G was also used, flying from Guam and it could carry only 27 bombs internally and no externals. If the anti-personnel fuze was used, the bomb loads were reduced, as the fuze was on a 3' long fuze extension.
The B-52D usually carried only 500 lb Mk.84s, but could carry the 750 lb Mk. 82 internally, but not externally. The Mk. 82 750s were only loaded on the B-52Ds in Thailand, not in Guam, and iot carried about 60 of them internally.
The B-52F could carry either a full load of 51 bombs of Mk. 82 (750) or Mk. 84 (500) both internally (27) and externally (24).
The B-52G normally only carried 27 Mk. 82 750 lb bombs, all internally. It could be used to carry 27 Mk. 82 500 lb bombs, and sometimes did. But it was the only model that carried 27 internally mounted 'bull $h!t' bombs, that were boxes (that burst open before hitting the ground) filled with US propogander, portable radios that only picked up US radio broadcasts, and fake North Vietnamese money. These were intended to be pick-up and used by the civilians of North Vietnam.
The B-52Fs were used as an interium bomber while the B-52Ds were getting the big belly mod and training the ground and air crews. I believe the B-52Fs left Guam around 1968 or 1969 and all went to Castle AFB, CA (MER) for flight train ing or to AMARC for storage.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10984 times:
One night in November of 1968 a fully loaded B-52D aborted its takeoff from Kadena AFB caught fire and burned. One of my room mates woke up when he thought someone was setting off firecrackers. He looked out the window and realized it was a lot more than firecrackers. We watch for several hours as its load of 108, 500 pound bombs exploded one after another. The next morning we could not get to our hangar because they said there were still live bombs around.
777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3694 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10523 times:
Quoting ILS28Rite (Thread starter): The B52's based on Guam had to then fly for hours to traverse the 2,800 mile journey to Vietnam, just to spend 60 seconds or so to drop its bombs, then head for home.
My uncle was actually a B52G commander based out of Andersen. Sadly, he was shot down and perished on the first night of LB2. From what I've read, there's a military museum in Hanoi that has pieces of the wreckage of his plane on display as a monument.