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USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

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USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by 60mu » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:08 pm

hi
Made a note of these very early morning on the 16/9/ 1976
60671 50090 50673 all B52d
one of the best aircraft made by boeing

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Re: USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by graham luxton » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:54 pm

60mu wrote:hi
Made a note of these very early morning on the 16/9/ 1976
60671 50090 50673 all B52d
one of the best aircraft made by boeing

60mu
60672 also arrived that morning 60mu.

Having gone 6 years without a B-52 visit, Upper Heyford gets 6 in the space of 3 days. By co-incidence B-52G's 76475 and 80229 had diverted in on the 14th while on a round robin from the `states.(Both 42BW although 229 wore a 93BW badge). 76475 dep on the 15th and 80229 on the16th at 1740L

great days.

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Re: USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by 60mu » Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:47 pm

hi
Thanks Graham
I also have a note for the two B52G's on the 14th and the other B52d on 16th

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Re: USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by Skymaster » Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:38 pm

Resurrecting this very old thread, I was just looking through my transparencies and came across some pics of a B52 landing at Heyford on Thursday 16/09/76. It looks to be pretty late in the afternoon or early evening, So I was wondering if anyone might have more info, as I don't actually remember taking these! :whistle:

Thanks for any help.

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Re: USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by graham luxton » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:33 pm

Small world Skymaster - I was also there on Thursday the 16th. Got there at about 0720local and they were already in - all 4 B-52D's from the 7BW Carswell. 55-0090, 55-0673, 56-0671 and 56-0672. Had a tour inside one the following week and was told they were there for about 3 weeks but didn't record their actual departure date. Also at 'Heyford that day was 58-0229, a G wearing a 93BW badge which departed from Runway 09 at 1749L. This was one of a pair which diverted into 'Heyford during the early hours of Tuesday the 14th on a flight out of Loring to Loring via the Norway area. Think it was a `Northern Wedding` mission. The other one was 42BW 57-6475 which dep on the 15th.

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Re: USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by Skymaster » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:30 pm

Aha... I'm now wondering if it's an early morning arrival, rather than late afternoon. Your memory is obviously a lot better than mine!

A shame the pics aren't better quality.

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Re: USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by Blackboxromeo » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:23 pm

The 2 Loring 'Gs arrived at dusk on the 14th - the silhouettes were seen over Evesham on approach!

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Re: USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by Blackboxromeo » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:41 am

Correcting my last - the 2 'Gs were seen about 1955 and 2000 on the 13th!

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Re: USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by graham luxton » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:57 am

Blackboxromeo wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:41 am
Correcting my last - the 2 'Gs were seen about 1955 and 2000 on the 13th!
Thanks, got there in the end! I originally had the 13th pencilled in but they weren't confirmed till the early hours of the 14th. I only recently found out why 76475 diverted - HF problems prevented a transatlantic crossing. One of the crew said it took ages to get permission from the UK to allow them to divert.

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Re: USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by sschofield » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:18 am

Thanks, got there in the end! I originally had the 13th pencilled in but they weren't confirmed till the early hours of the 14th. I only recently found out why 76475 diverted - HF problems prevented a transatlantic crossing. One of the crew said it took ages to get permission from the UK to allow them to divert.
Live weapons onboard?

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Re: USAF B52 Deployment to UPPER HEYFORD 1976

Post by graham luxton » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:06 pm

sschofield wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:18 am
Thanks, got there in the end! I originally had the 13th pencilled in but they weren't confirmed till the early hours of the 14th. I only recently found out why 76475 diverted - HF problems prevented a transatlantic crossing. One of the crew said it took ages to get permission from the UK to allow them to divert.
Live weapons onboard?
Think it was a dummy mine laying mission Stuart. Problem with diverting was probably because we had a Labour Government.

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