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Heavy Traffic: A B-52 Bomber Is Being Trucked Across The Central United States

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A retired U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress nicknamed 'Damage Inc. II' was recently taken out of storage at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group's 'boneyard' at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and disassembled before beginning its journey eastward across the country to be partially reassembled for research and development purposes. The B-52 and its escorts take up two lanes of traffic so they have to pull over every five miles or so to let traffic pass,… (www.thedrive.com) Mehr...

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emkostiuk
emkostiuk 23
This puts the size of the fuselage into perspective and really has some pretty cool photos' as it makes its way across the US.
clandel
The "Oversize Load" sign hanging off the tail cracks me up!
rodneywebster
Rodney Webster 12
I'm glad they put that sign there. Otherwise I might not have noticed...
SmittySmithsonite
Captain Obvious in onboard that plane ...
nk4091
Neil Klapthor 6
Well, I've flown in the BUFF low level as a Weapon Systems Operator (in my day, called the Radar Navigator) but never imagined it would ever "fly" this low! :-)
Very cool...great pictures. Ha, "Oversized" is right!
thomafrancl
Thomas Francl 6
Should've left the wings attached :)
MLSellers
Had a lovely tour and dinner at Pima last November. When we sat among the aircraft we remembered flying some of them and we still marvel at how we were the luckiest people to have had such amazing careers. Thanks for sharing this story.
craiglgood
Craig Good 5
"Boy, that's the most complicated taxi clearance EVER."
briansfreeman
Brian Freeman 4
Great to see this BUFF given a new lease on life even if he isn't flying. A truly amazing aircraft.
ElliotCannon
Elliot Cannon 4
My guess is, they will be using BUFFs well into the future and will be using this fuselage and wing assembly for destructive and non-destructive testing to see what they might do to lengthen the life span of these planes. These planes have a huge radar cross section bug then again, they don't require a climate controlled hangar. LOL
SmittySmithsonite
Never realized just how big those were until seeing it in traffic! GREAT pics!!
Hertznanaimo
Kirk Saxon 3
That is one incredible move. Very impressive.
ShirBlackspots
Charles Ball 2
I bet 1009 was one of the aircraft our backshop worked on when it was in the hanger for two weeks. I was stationed at Barksdale (where this aircraft was located) from 2002-2005.
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 2
I am surprised that they do not want to be able to use it as a flying test bed for the things they plan on testing this with.

That said, I wonder if that bird was at Plattsburgh AFB when I was born. We share the same vintage. :/
nk4091
Neil Klapthor 1
Waaay too expensive to return it to flying condition.
n101wb
Charles Baker 2
“research and development purposes.” My sources tell me the B-52 fleet will be converted to all electric power. Bomb load will be a single hand grenade with a strategic bombing range of 7 nautical miles.
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 2
I have no idea if the R&D being talked about is for this purpose, but the B-52s are slated to be re-engined and undergo airframe lifetime extensions. At this rate, they may still be on duty when they are 100 years old.
twa6621
Tommy Allen 1
Where will it cross the Mississippi River and when?
jhersch
Wondering if transporting the fuselage on the back of a 747 was considered. The B52 length is shorter than the Space Shuttle.
craiglgood
Craig Good 4
B-52: 159 feet
Shuttle Orbiter: 122 feet

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fireftr
Dale Ballok 8
In your opinion! You’re negativity commenting, when you don’t even know what they’re going to do with it!
btweston
btweston 0
Definitely not feeding or housing people.

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fireftr
Dale Ballok 8
And you know this for a fact, how?
btweston
btweston 0
You’re giving a lot of undue credit to the military industrial complex.

How dare someone question what massive amounts of taxpayer dollars are funding! Shame!
leaf4evr
Paul Ipolito -7
based on what I have seen over the past 50 years of "Military Intelligence", I'm sticking with my story.
srobak
srobak 11
flightaware news and comments may be the wrong place for you
leaf4evr
Paul Ipolito -7
I will be the judge of that.
srobak
srobak 10
no.... actually the rest of us will, based upon your exhibited behaviour.
jjlease
John Lease 5
Just what do you know about military aircraft and their missions? you sound like a real jacka__s to me.
waynej007
waynej007 1
flybd5juan
Juan Jimenez -2
Are you always this stupid or is today a special day? You need to go sit on the TV and watch the couch for a while.
waynej007
waynej007 1
no comment for a fool.... george soros fan!
flybd5juan
Juan Jimenez 0
You seem to be the expert on motormouthing fools. Do tell.
jbsimms
James Simms 4
You’re not bad yourself. Check your Glass House before casting the first stone
HarrySchluderberg
My God, there’s some sensitive people on this site today. Get a life ya’ll and stop pouting like ……we’ll children!

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