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Top Boom Is That You?

Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:54 pm

Came across this on a facebook page I look at alot. I am guessing the mid 70's when this was as we were drawing down in Viet Nam as they refered to it in the past tense. KC135TB is that you in the beginning.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1OIBUfigIU
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RE: Top Boom Is That You?

Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:09 am

Quoting Venus6971 (Thread starter):
KC135TB is that you in the beginning.

I hope not... he'd be a fossil by now...  Wow!

I didn't see a date on the film... but those pickups the alert crews hopped into had '68 reg numbers.. So I figure late '60s early 70s. I also got a kick of the Boom referring to his KC-135 as an "old' bird... LOL... The 135 was just getting broken in about then....
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RE: Top Boom Is That You?

Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:41 am

No, it wasn't me, but I did just about everything mentioned in the video. I did fly some media flights with local news stations, though. Sitting alert really sucked, and your crew would be on alert for 7 out of 21 days, unless you were deployed somewhere. Overall, SAC was a great place to be for an Enlisted Flyer. Being a Boom Operator was the best job I could recommend for anyone, and I loved it. I got to fly to some great places around the world.....and some that were not so great.
 
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Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:04 am

I loved the movie, the "alert" portion brought back found memories. I was stationed at Beale AFB from the mid to late 60's. Beale had two wings, the 456 Bomb Wing and the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. I was in the 9th, which flew SR-71's and we didn't participated in any of the "Alert" games. We would all line up on our end the of the apron (which was blocked off with a simple rope and watch the B-52 and the KC-135's firing up their engines (a Brovo Alert) and sitting there in clouds of black smoke or firing up their engines and taxing out (a Coco Alert) sitting on the taxi ways, only to taxi back about an hour later. It was really awe inspiring to see dozens of multi engine aircraft moving in coordinated mayhem.

My best friend was an assistant crew chief on a B-52 and I would tease him all the time about his "war games"!

In the movie the alert was as Delta Alert, the aircraft actually took off. In my three and a half years at Beale they only had one Delta Alert and I was on TDY when it happened.
 
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RE: Top Boom Is That You?

Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:27 am

The alert launch in the movie, was that Castle?
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RE: Top Boom Is That You?

Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:06 pm

Quoting Venus6971 (Reply 4):
The alert launch in the movie, was that Castle?

No, it looked like McCoy AFB, FL, which is now Orlando International Airport. SAC closed their portion back around 1973.
 
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RE: Top Boom Is That You?

Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:56 pm

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
No, it looked like McCoy AFB, FL, which is now Orlando International Airport. SAC closed their portion back around 1973.


I think your correct! In the video the s/n 0115 is visible on one of the B-52. B-52D s/n 55-0115 was assigned to the 306th Bomb Wing, McCoy AFB.
 
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RE: Top Boom Is That You?

Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:47 pm

Quoting 474218 (Reply 6):
In the video the s/n 0115 is visible on one of the B-52. B-52D s/n 55-0115 was assigned to the 306th Bomb Wing, McCoy AFB.

Thanks. There also seemed to be some file footage of other B-52 models launching, in addition to the B-52D. I saw at least one B-52G, a B-52F, or two, and a B-52E.

Some of the B-52Ds were in the original silver USAF pivery, and a few were in the SAC camo, with white bellys. None were in the Vietnam camo with black bellys.
 
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RE: Top Boom Is That You?

Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:19 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 7):
Some of the B-52Ds were in the original silver USAF pivery, and a few were in the SAC camo, with white bellys. None were in the Vietnam camo with black bellys.

Those could have been E's and F's, the camo ones were. The D's when camo'd were black bellys.
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