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Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

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Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by markranger » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:34 am

60-0024
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60-0028
61-0006
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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by Thunder » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:17 am

Have these been read off, if so any tie up to last nights arrival order?

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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by graham luxton » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:28 am

markranger wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:34 am
60-0024
60-0025
60-0028
61-0006
Unless someone knows different this is the first time 60-0028 has been reported in the UK. Brings the total number of confirmed H sightings at Fairford to 80 (out of a total 102 built.)
60-0024 and 25 were both deployed to Fairford in Mar/Apr this year while 61-0006 was previously at the base in Oct/Nov'98.

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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by big john » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:47 am

Landing order was
1) Brig 03 60-0025 AE587E at approx 20:25
2) Brig 02 60-0024 AE587D
3) Brig 04 61-0028 (no Hex)
4) Brig 01 61-0006 AE589D
Taken from radio transmissions
Brig 01 was the 2nd to approach but overshot and was last to land.
The last 3 all landed between 22:35 and 23:00 exact times will have to come from someone else.
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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by big john » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:02 am

graham luxton wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:28 am
Unless someone knows different this is the first time 60-0028 has been reported in the UK. Brings the total number of confirmed H sightings at Fairford to 80 (out of a total 102 built.)
I've never seen 028, When I do that will be my 100th B52 of all marks. :D
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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by ChrisCwmbran » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:11 am

Whilst I'm not a numbers guy, if 102 were built, how many still exist? How many still fly?

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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by James Cutting » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:13 am

Chris, does this help mate? https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets ... ofortress/
Inventory: Active force, 58 (test, 4); ANG, 0; Reserve, 18
That's just active.
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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by graham luxton » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:14 am

big john wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:47 am
Landing order was
1) Brig 03 60-0025 AE587E at approx 20:25
2) Brig 02 60-0024 AE587D
3) Brig 04 61-0028 (no Hex)
4) Brig 01 61-0006 AE589D
Taken from radio transmissions
Brig 01 was the 2nd to approach but overshot and was last to land.
The last 3 all landed between 22:35 and 23:00 exact times will have to come from someone else.
HTH
03 Arr 2025
01 overshot 2239, Arr 2256
02 Arr 2245
03 Arr 2250

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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by ChrisCwmbran » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:22 am

James Cutting wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:13 am
Chris, does this help mate? https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets ... ofortress/
Inventory: Active force, 58 (test, 4); ANG, 0; Reserve, 18
That's just active.
Thanks :)

Clearly seeing 100 airframes is quite a decent achievement then :)

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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by big john » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:33 am

But I've been doing it for 55yrs next April. I'd say that's not many considering there were 744 built.
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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by ChrisCwmbran » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:35 am

big john wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:33 am
But I've been doing it for 55yrs next April. I'd say that's not many considering there were 744 built.
Ah ok! You must try harder then :)

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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by Mike » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:40 am

big john wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:33 am
But I've been doing it for 55yrs next April. I'd say that's not many considering there were 744 built.
That's about the same as me, 55 years last August and have seen 108 of all marks - that includes about 15 at Griffiss AFB in 1980 though, so not all in the UK. :)

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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by dollar99 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:41 pm

Mike wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:40 am
big john wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:33 am
But I've been doing it for 55yrs next April. I'd say that's not many considering there were 744 built.
That's about the same as me, 55 years last August and have seen 108 of all marks - that includes about 15 at Griffiss AFB in 1980 though, so not all in the UK. :)
mmmm started logging in 1970 and haven't recorded anything since 2002, but in that time I caught 202 active BUFFs. I don't have 60-0028 in my notes but 61-0028 was at Marham in 1981, so which is it? ;)
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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by Thunder » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:45 pm

Mark, John and Graham, thanks for the serial/callsign tie ups, much appreciated :thumb:

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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by graham luxton » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:47 pm

dollar99 wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:41 pm
Mike wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:40 am
big john wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:33 am
But I've been doing it for 55yrs next April. I'd say that's not many considering there were 744 built.
That's about the same as me, 55 years last August and have seen 108 of all marks - that includes about 15 at Griffiss AFB in 1980 though, so not all in the UK. :)
mmmm started logging in 1970 and haven't recorded anything since 2002, but in that time I caught 202 active BUFFs. I don't have 60-0028 in my notes but 61-0028 was at Marham in 1981, so which is it? ;)
Its 60-0028.

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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by dollar99 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:51 pm

Thanks Graham, may just have to pay a visit, wouldn't want to miss out :whistle:
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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by StandardTom » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:53 pm

graham luxton wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:14 am
big john wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:47 am
Landing order was
1) Brig 03 60-0025 AE587E at approx 20:25
2) Brig 02 60-0024 AE587D
3) Brig 04 61-0028 (no Hex)
4) Brig 01 61-0006 AE589D
Taken from radio transmissions
Brig 01 was the 2nd to approach but overshot and was last to land.
The last 3 all landed between 22:35 and 23:00 exact times will have to come from someone else.
HTH
03 Arr 2025
01 overshot 2239, Arr 2256
02 Arr 2245
03 Arr 2250
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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by R1nger » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:03 pm

As we are having a 'Big Willie' contest, I've seen 168 - all in the UK and ranging from D - H models. :'(

and I needed 60-0028 :clap:
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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by graham luxton » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:46 pm

Got to 240 (all in the UK) and gave up counting - mind you I did see my 1st Buff in Feb '62 at Greenham Common, an F model, 57-0153 from the 4238th Strategic Wing at Barksdale. A hell of a lot of B-52 wing badges to remember in those days!

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Re: Current B52s at Fairford as of 11-10-2019

Post by Bucky P » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:51 pm

445! Bagged over 340 at DM in 1992, some of which I'd previously seen in the UK at Fairford, Brize Norton and Upper Heyford during the 80's!

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