B-52 crashes near Guam

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  1. seesul

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    A U.S. Air Force B-52 with six crew members on board crashed off the island of Guam on Monday, an Air Force spokesman said.
    The B-52H Stratofortress was in Guam as part of a four-month rotation.

    Search crews have found no survivors, but they are still looking, said Lt. Elizabeth Buendia, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Coast Guard in Guam. They located an oil slick but have not seen any wreckage, she said.

    Rescuers with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy were searching a point in the Pacific Ocean about 30 miles northwest of Guam, a U.S. territory, where the plane is believed to have crashed, said Capt. Joel Stark, spokesman for Andersen Air Force Base.

    He had no information on whether anyone survived.

    The B-52H Stratofortress was based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, and was in Guam as part of a four-month rotation, Stark said.

    It went down about 9:45 a.m. local time (7:45 p.m. ET Sunday).

    A B-52 from Andersen Air Force Base was scheduled to fly over crowds celebrating Liberation Day, which commemorates the U.S. capture of Guam from Japan in 1944, Stark said.

    But it was unclear whether the plane that crashed was the one that had been scheduled to perform the flyover.

    In February, a B-2 stealth bomber crashed shortly after takeoff from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. Two crew members ejected and were in good condition afterward.

    B-52 bomber crashes near Guam - CNN.com
     
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    Just read this......sad. I hope the flight crew has some luck on their side.
     
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    On the 0600 news, this morning, they said they had recovered four bodies.
    Not a good sign...... :salute:

    Charles
     
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    Danger is always with these brave crews. :salute:

    My heart goes out to the families.

    TO
     
  5. seesul

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    Thanks Charles...how many crewmen are normaly onboard of B-52?
    R.I.P. flyboys...my condolences go to the families...
     
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    I think a normal crew for the B-52 is six .....

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    Hope they find them all
     
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    I wonder if this was another accident caused by hot dogging at too high of a bank angle. I will be interested to hear the accident report. :salute:
     
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    Fox news has said that two "crewman" were recovered. It didn't say
    "bodies". Maybe a couple made it ??

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    Jeez I hope so. Would have preferred you had said rescued. Recovered doesn't sound optimistic.
     
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    I stand corrected. Fox News said: "At least two people were recovered from the waters, but their condition was not immediately available, the U.S. Coast Guard said."

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    Well lets pray that those 2 recovered will be alright and hope for the best for the rest of the crew.
     
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    I allways feel so sad when I read this kind of thing...Even when on missions of Peace, Flying still has it risks.....:cry:
     
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    Arent those aircraft already too old ? , I tought all the B-52 were retired from service.
     
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    84 are still active, 9 in reserve from the 744 originally built.

    And they'll be around for a long while to come. Has to be the longest run of any combat aircraft; been on active duty since 1954; first flight was 1952.

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    Yep. They have a lot of life left in them. Shoot, they STILL talk about reengining them with 4 high bypass turbofans. The USAF lost out on their long range ECM aircraft plan. But a conventional bomb dump truck is still very appealing to war planners.
     
  19. CharlesBronson

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    Thanks, I see, but I dont think the pilots would be amused in flying 50 years old bombers anymore :confused: , too bad that the USAF didnt bought more B-1 Lancers.
     
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    On that we agree. Blame Carter. Hard to imagine a BUFF pilot younger than his plane.
     
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