Re: HGV (Re: Hangar 18)

Message posted by Magoo on November 21, 2001 at 14:23:26 PST:

Hmmmm, "...under certain weight conditions..."

Like, without any weapons, fuel and crew you mean?

An acquaintance of mine was a B-52D & B-52G co-pilot, and KC-135 & KC-10 pilot. He confirms that the absolute ceiling for a lightly loaded B-52H is about 52,000 feet. To carry a 30ft long test article to the Pacific launch range would require a fair amount of fuel (including reserve), not to mention the weight of the vehicle and the test equipment associated with it, and he estimates a realistic maximum launch ceiling would be around 42-45,000 feet.

BTW folks - I don't like getting into pissing contests! I only know what I've read and what I'm told, and have no first-hand knowledge of these issues. However, I get a little concerned when I hear or read what appear to be unrealistic numbers.


In Reply to: Re: HGV (Re: Hangar 18) posted by wolfbane on November 21, 2001 at 13:27:56 PST:


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