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Baloo
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Click on the image to get more information. If you're not interested you're not interested (and don't have to click :P). The B-52 Stratofortress has always impressed me with a beauty of proportion that escaped the folks who called it "BUFF" (clean version = "Bug Ugly Fat Feller").

--Baloo

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Jaresh Inyo
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Perhaps my favourite plane.

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Jeff Raven
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Ah yes, the B-52... we had one fly over Batavia during the Wings of Eagles airshow put on by the National Warplane Museum, a rather grand place to go. Those things are still used today...believe it or not.

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HMS White Star
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You know the said thing is the B52 is going to be used until 2040 that means the the aircraft design will be 90 years old when it is decommisioned, that's sad.

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Jeff Raven
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Well, when you have something good, you go with it. The B-52 design is probably the most successful aircraft design out there.

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Xentrick
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kinda like the "Miranda" class?

Baloo, heard this joke [or one like it]?

B-52 pilot flying along, comes across a hot-shot in an F-16 {or F-15, or any high-performance fighter you want}. Hot shot makes a few comments over the radio about how big, ugly, and slow is the B-52.

To prove his point, hot-shot pilot starts doing barrle-rolls, zig-zags, all manner of high speed stunts.

"Well?" says the hot-shot. "What do you think?"

"Pretty impressive," says the Buff pilot. "But, could you do that again for my co-pilot? He was in back getting me a Coke out of the fridge."


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Baloo
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Yep!

Also heard one that went like this:

A B-52 was flying a mission into Viet Nam and struck up a radio conversation with his escort. The subject of what each plane could do came up and the fighter pilot showed the B-52 pilot every trick he coud think of.

When he finished his impromptu performance he asked the bomber if he wouldn't concede that the fighter was more airworthy than the bomber.

The Bomber allowed that the fighter was much more maneuverable than the bomber, but there was something the bomber could do that no fighter could. The fighter pilot expressed the opinion that the bomber jockey had spent too many hours flying through turbulent air.

The bomber insisted there was one trick the fighter couldn't do. The fighter decided to call the bomber's bluff and said "Show me!"

The two planes continued on their way and after a few minutes the bomber said "There! Top that!"

The fighter couldn't figure out what the bomber was talking about.

"Top what?"

The bomber replied: "I just shut down 2 engines."

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Why do I get the idea that the second 'F' in "BUFF" didn't originally stand for "Feller"? ;-)

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