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Old 07-06-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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I was driving to Raton, NM on Wed and I saw a B 52 flying about 500 feet off the ground heading SE it looked as if he was coming from the direction of the fire near pagosa springs, CO.

I wish I had my camera with me it was pretty impressive sight.
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Yes, they drop rock lobsters.
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They are based out of Love Shack, Co.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:36 PM   #4
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they use them on erupting volcanos spewing hot lava
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:38 PM   #5
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Is this really happening?
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:38 PM   #6
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This is OT do not expect real answers right away.

It is kinda funny.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:41 PM   #7
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:42 PM   #8
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it happens on channel Z
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:42 PM   #9
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This is OT do not expect real answers right away.

It is kinda funny.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:43 PM   #10
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I was driving to Raton, NM on Wed and I saw a B 52 flying about 500 feet off the ground heading SE it looked as if he was coming from the direction of the fire near pagosa springs, CO.

I wish I had my camera with me it was pretty impressive sight.
It wouldn't surprise me. That is a pretty dry county.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:44 PM   #11
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I was driving to Raton, NM on Wed and I saw a B 52 flying about 500 feet off the ground heading SE it looked as if he was coming from the direction of the fire near pagosa springs, CO.

I wish I had my camera with me it was pretty impressive sight.
That would have been awesome and a prety rare stigt unless you are near a runway, but no, they aren't used for FF, they do on he other hand have a couple convertible cargo 747's and a couple of the larger antinovs that are used for big dumps.

I think they have modules for C-130's to dump out the back too but B-52's are to old/valuable/expensive to run and maintain for FF as far as I know.

I have been wrong before so lets set back and watch OT prove me wrong again in 4...3...2...
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:45 PM   #12
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It was carrying convicts but was taken over and is making it's way to a non-extradition country.
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That would have been awesome and a prety rare stigt unless you are near a runway,
Umm....its normal for buffs to fly low/fast. Part of their training regimen for staying under the radar and AA aperture.

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I looked up the bases with active units and there are only 2, one in North Dakota and the other in Louisiana.
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I took these last summer, they were flying over a fire that was a couple miles down the road. They circled over my FS Barracks for about an hour.



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I think there's a private one. In Idaho
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Umm....its normal for buffs to fly low/fast. Part of their training regimen for staying under the radar and AA aperture.

I said it would be rare as they don't tend to do that over roads and or even sparsely populated areas, also that picture is really cool.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:51 PM   #20
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I said it would be rare as they don't tend to do that over roads and or even sparsely populated areas, also that picture is really cool.
500 ft isn't "low". I work with a retired buff pilot/trainer and he's told me tons of crazy stories. He won a citation for "saving" a crew on a certification flight where his student totally lost control. The plane ended up at such a down attitude, my buddy literally cracked the airframe in saving it (and himself). It only had one final flight after they landed it; he had to take it down to Tucson for the scrap pile.
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Largest tanker I know of is a 747, and they were only experimenting with them. A B-52 would be inefficient for water drops as it would have to land and get pumped in to, I couldn't see it skimming a lake to refill.

747 in action

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Poor airplane needs to take some Prozac.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:56 PM   #24
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I said it would be rare as they don't tend to do that over roads and or even sparsely populated areas, also that picture is really cool.
This was about 5 miles south of raton crossing I25.

Down in Ruidoso you can sometimes hear the f-22's from Holloman flying through the mountains there. Not very often do you actually see them though.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:58 PM   #25
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500 ft isn't "low". I work with a retired buff pilot/trainer and he's told me tons of crazy stories. He won a citation for "saving" a crew on a certification flight where his student totally lost control. The plane ended up at such a down attitude, my buddy literally cracked the airframe in saving it (and himself). It only had one final flight after they landed it; he had to take it down to Tucson for the scrap pile.
500 feet isn't low for what?

Are we talking AGL?
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