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heng44
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posted 11-26-2012 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The Boeing B-52 launch aircraft makes a low pass over the X-24B lifting body after its final flight on November 26, 1975. Pilot Tom McMurtry flew the craft to Mach 0.7 after being dropped at 45,000 feet altitude by the B-52 and landed safely on Rogers Dry Lake. It was the last manned lifting body flight and the end of an era. Not very far away, the first Space Shuttle orbiter Enterprise was under construction. (Thanks to Tony Landis for the photo)

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Henry Heatherbank
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posted 11-27-2012 04:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just out of interest, Ed, what would be the approx. altitude of the B-52 in low passes like this?

heng44
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posted 11-27-2012 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would estimate about 100-150 meters, Henry.

onesmallstep
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posted 11-27-2012 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While an overflight by a B-52 might have been routine at Edwards, it was certainly impressive and eye-opening to me when I witnessed one by a 'BUFF' out of Griffiss AFB, NY at about the same altitude at an airshow in 1990.

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