Glad this didn’t happen over Bossier City

An engine dropped out of a B-52 bomber during a training flight on Wednesday, the Air Force has confirmed.

A B-52 bomber on a training flight near Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota lost one of eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofan engines mid-fligh.

The crew declared an in-flight emergency when the pilot discovered that an engine departed the aircraft and were able to land the aircraft safely without any injury to the five personnel on board.

The last B-52 was built in 1962.


Today in history

May 10, 1972 – First flight of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, one of my favorite aircraft. Our ground-pounders love it, enemies fear it, but, for some reason, the Air Force would like to get rid of it.

I have heard the cannon roar, while hiking on a clear day near Peason Ridge; my first thought was, “Where is the thunder coming from?” Then, “Am I too close?”

It would be a mistake to retire this formidable anti-tank/ground support platform.


The “Ghost Rider” B-52 Rises From The Grave To Ride Again

U.S. Air Force serial number 61-0007, a B-52H known by its nose art as “Ghost Rider,” was brought out of seven years of storage at the Defense Department’s boneyard in Arizona. Its new mission? To replace an active B-52H that was badly damaged by fire while on the ground at Barksdale Air Force Base and make the USAF arms treaty-dictated fleet of 76 B-52s whole once again.