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  •  Thanks for the diary - (5+ / 0-)

    looking forward to the next installment - on a B-52 related note, I still recall a story told to my 7th grade English class by a substitute teacher we had one day (this would have been in 1971, BTW) – I have no idea if it’s true but it’s stuck with me for the past 40+ years.  He said that he was a former B52 crewman and said that when he was in the air force stationed somewhere up around North Dakota they would sometimes be coming back late at night and would spot some lone car driving along a lonely highway with no one around for miles and miles.  His story was that they would swing the B-52 around and drop down close to the ground and approach the car from dead behind. The poor driver would just hear the tremendous roar coming up behind him and just before they passed overhead they would turn on all of their landing lights which would light up the terrain like daylight and momentarily blind the driver so by the time he recovered his senses the plane was long gone.  He said that almost invariably the next day or so the local paper would have a story with a headline long the lines of “motorist attacked by UFO”.

    •  It's plausible (2+ / 0-)
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      elfling, Turbonerd

      We had a "terrain clearance light" that could be aimed from the cockpit.

      Sometimes on night low-levels people on Lake Powell would try to spotlight us - then we'd shine that light back at them.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 12:28:29 AM PST

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