TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8510 times:
I don't know about current, but I do know a story of a B-52 crew that was low level training and lost the rudder. Believe it or not that stubborn bird brought the crew home without it!! I Hope someone backs this story up with links for me because I have only 'heard it around' and from a C-130 FE.
Ulfinator From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8410 times:
A good friend of mine is a B-1B WSO and I know that they stay current on low level flight. Gotta love 500ft of the deck. As a matter of fact when I was down there I got to fly low level in the B-1B sim and then got showed how to perform the pop up they do for weapons delivery. Pretty darn fun.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13838 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8159 times:
I would assume that low-level training is still done as the B-52 is still a mainstay of the Air Force today and for the forseeable future. Not every bombing mission requires - nor should it for accuracy - high altitude Stealth bombers. I recall back in July 1982, crossing the State of Wyoming, of hearing a huge roar above me as I drove along a road - turned out to be a B-52, on a low level (>1000 from the 'deck') run. That roaring bird got my attention!
Bsergonomics From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7805 times:
Before reading this post, please note that I am not involved in B1 or B52 operations. The opinions expressed are based entirely on knowledge of military aircraft operations in general. Thank you for listening.
Low level... Hmm...
The definition of low level is, "You and you aircraft are airborne and not touching the ground." 1000 feet is not low level. 500 feet is kind of low level. 50 feet AGL and below IS low level. An aircraft can fly anywhere between the ground and its operational ceiling. Therefore, the airforce does and has to practice operations in all permutations of the flight envelope. If it doesn't then it is not maximising the potential of the fleet. More to the point, if it doesn't and the threat changes, then it will be unpreparared to meet the new challenge. And that is the purpose of an airforce (and any other force) that may have to go to war: to be prepared for it if and when it happens.
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