Heavy Metal

Via: MITO « Neptunus Lex.

It’s not really a Minimum Interval Take Off. Back in the bad old days, they’d go about 15 seconds apart. But given the amount of air they shove around to get one of those beasts up, that still leaves a pretty fair bit of wake turbulence on the runway. Pretty sporting…


And in the comments, there’s some discussion on the bomber streams used in Linebacker II, which is something I’ve been noodling about writing on…

3 thoughts on “Heavy Metal”

  1. The Armorer had that up over a week ago. He also had a link to a AAF movie on the B-29 campaign over Japan that lasts about 45 minutes. That was a good pic, although there was some snark about the music. It was standard WW2 Army music, so I saw nothing to complain about.

    A real MITO was meant to beat out the sub launched stuff. Most SAC bases had long runways, at least 10,000 feet (Kelly AFB which used to service B-52s had a 12,000′ runway)and sometimes two of them. I think they usually had no more than a Wing at each base so they could get them all off quickly.

    When I was returning from San Dog last July, the puddle jumper I flew out of Atlanta ran through some wake turbulence. It gave us a pretty good jolt as we ran through it, and that was over 3000′ up.

  2. Wake turbulence can give the big iron trouble as well. B-52s fully loaded are over 120 tons as I recall, and you get those things up to flying speed and you can have a “rollicking good time,” in the wake, if you my drift. 🙂

    A number of bug smasher pilots have lost their lives by not giving wake turbulence a wide berth. Even from another bug smasher it ain’t fun when you do a 360 uncontrolled aileron roll within a 100′ of the ground.

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