Ozair
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B-2's In North Of Australia

Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:54 am

Does anyone have any information on two B-2s that will be basing in the Northern territory of Australia for the next couple of days?

Are they going to Tyndall? How long will they be there? Is this an on going action, undertaken every month?
 
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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:15 am

There's several based in Guam so other than a deployment exercise with the Australian military, I couldn't see a reason as to why.

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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:29 am

Ozair,

I beleve they are only bombing the Northern Territory not basing there.
One did an "engines running" crew change at RAAF Darwin yesterday but that was likely more for PR purposes rather than any real operational need. Didn't stay long before heading back to Guam.

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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:04 pm

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 2):

Thanks StealthZ. I guess we have plenty of spare space to bomb!  Smile

I was a bit surprised when I heard as I didn't think we had the facilities to really handle these beasts. Now it is a lot clearer.
 
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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:28 pm

Ozair,

I'm curious as to why you think "we" wouldn't have the facilities to handle B2'S ??? Besides the nukes that is.

BTW the US Airforce has been bombing "us" for years and years !!! Ain't it grand to be an ally!!

Now if we could just persuade them to send down a B2 or better still a B52 and land it at SYD or at Richmond airbase then I would be a happy camper.

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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Fri Jul 28, 2006 4:30 pm

Quoting Jupiter2 (Reply 4):
Now if we could just persuade them to send down a B2 or better still a B52 and land it at SYD or at Richmond airbase then I would be a happy camper.

The Website for the RAAF Richmond Airshow in October promises -

"We also expect some exciting US Air Force aircraft to partcipate"

Whether that means B-2 or B-52, doubt it, on the ground anyway. Only time I saw a BUFF at Richmond was a flyby at the Bicentennial airshow... seems a long way to come without stopping for a chat but anyway.

I guess we will have to wait and see.

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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:55 pm

Quoting Jupiter2 (Reply 4):
I'm curious as to why you think "we" wouldn't have the facilities to handle B2'S

Simply the maintenance required to return them to a stealthy configuration. Each B2 needs intensive time and special environmental conditions to ensure a fly-able condition. When they deploy at Guam they have special collapsible hangers that give them the ideal conditions.

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 5):
The Website for the RAAF Richmond Airshow in October promises -

"We also expect some exciting US Air Force aircraft to partcipate"

Now we just need some nice weather so the aircraft can all actually fly!
 
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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:36 pm

Maybe RAAF Richmond's ramp can't handle the B52. The BUFF has a narrow footprint that crunches concrete. In comparison, the C5, which is heavier, has a wide footprint and disperses it's weight over a large area. The B52 does not and can't go to many places because of that. I've been to Darwin when I was on the BUFF for an Airshow. It was fun! They can handle the BUFF.

Just a thought!
 
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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Sat Jul 29, 2006 5:59 am

XC5Eng,

You may be right about the ramp strength. I am also unfamiliar with BUFF runway way requirements but at just a touch over 7,000 ft Richmond may be on the short side.

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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:31 am

Ooof...foot in mouth! "Green Lightning" I had heard this was going to happen and brain farted. Here is the link to the story although they cannot spell lightning very good. --Check

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123024160
 
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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:20 pm

Quoting Ozair (Reply 6):
When they deploy at Guam they have special collapsible hangers that give them the ideal conditions.

I don't know if they are complete yet, but this article dated August 23, 2005, mentions a 32.8 million dollar project to build a permanent hanger for two B-2 Bombers.

Quoting Pacific Daily News:
A hangar that can house two B-2 stealth bombers at the same time was unveiled yesterday at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, a $32.8 million project that some in the local community view as another sign the military is building up on Guam.

The hangar, made of concrete and steel, is designed to withstand typhoons of 170-mph strength and major earthquakes. It also keeps aircraft safely sealed from volcanic ash. The hangar is cooled by an 800-ton air-conditioning unit, and its systems can be controlled from a laptop computer.

http://www.guampdn.com/apps/pbcs.dll.../508230304&SearchID=73218241457864
 
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RE: B-2's In North Of Australia

Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:46 pm

Quoting Jupiter2 (Reply 4):
BTW the US Airforce has been bombing "us" for years and years !!! Ain't it grand to be an ally!!

I wonder if they are planning to demolish any more utes up in the NT, or are there bigger plans? What precautions are being taken to protect endangered species such as the cane toad?

I have always had serious worries about the possibilities of an invader trying anywhere outside Shoalwater Bay - what would we do?

Still it will be grand to be bombed by a plane you cannot see - well unless you look at it in daylight. I am sure Leunig will feel a cartoon coming on.

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