Dropping "things" at Groom

Message posted by RCTeller on May 13, 2002 at 21:03:08 PST:

OK sportsfans,

People have suggested (in this forum) that "special" B-52's have been used to drop various vehicles. It shouldn't be too hard to figure out where most of the B-52s are. This raises a few questions. Which hangars are big enough to hold a B-52? Next, are there any Buffs that have been accounted for by SALT Treaties etc. that are not in service with well known units? As I recall there are only about 100 or so B-52Hs left.


PS. The following is from a B-52 webpage.....

The 4200th Support Squadron of the 4200th Test Wing operated two Senior Bowl B-52Hs (60-0021 and 60-0036) that were modified to carry a D-21B reconnaissance drone underneath each wing between the inboard engines and the fuselage. The first D-21B test launch from a B-52H was made on November 6, 1967. The first operational launch was made on September 9, 1969. The fourth and final operational launch was made on March 20, 1971. The operational missions were overflights of China. In order to maintain tight security, the B-52s would leave Beale AFB at night and land at Guam.


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