bikerthai wrote:Wonder if they would include thrust reversers?
LyleLanley wrote:Not to be pedantic, but the KC-135 received thrust reversers when they were reengined from A to E.
The B-52 is, of course, a far different beast. TRs just aren’t worth the hassle to put on now.
kc135topboom wrote:Thrust reversers were offered with the KC-135R reengine program, the CFM-56 (F-108) engines were equipped with the mountings.
bikerthai wrote:Are they not going from a turbojet to a higher bypass ratio turbo fan?
mmo wrote:LyleLanley wrote:Not to be pedantic, but the KC-135 received thrust reversers when they were reengined from A to E...
Nothing wrong with being pedantic, but go back and read my thread. I specifically talked about the R model.
mmo wrote:Interesting to see what kind of IR signature the engine choice will produce. One of the nice things about flying low-level in a Buff is it was almost impossible to get a lock on at low-level. The IR signature was masked by the wings. So unless a fighter wanted to get below us, he couldn't get any lock on. Flying Red Flag and Cope Thunder and Cope North was always a fun time. The Red pilots could not understand how we could get so low and why they couldn't get a lock on.
I actually LOL’d at this, thx. I don’t care what the red flag etc. exercises did, or “Flight of the old dog” (Dale Brown) discussed/theorized, it’s not even remotely likely any B-52 will ever enter hostile air space contested at any level again. It’s a stand off platform for the next 40 years.
The B-52 radar sig is larger than the A380. It’s impossible to hide at any level.
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