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  •  Depends... (4+ / 0-)
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    sawgrass727, billmosby, bobinson, elfling

    It's quite likely if the runway wasn't insanely long. Because of the landing gear's position, a B-52 can't rotate for take-off -- they literally have to fly off the runway before they can rotate. On long runways, I'm pretty sure they can take off with a full load of fuel, but long is about 2 miles. Anything shorter and they probably have to take off light.

    •  And they seem to rotate downwards (2+ / 0-)
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      bobinson, eyesoars

      after takeoff to keep the climb rate under control. That's the way it looked when I saw some taking off at Plattsburgh AFB in the late 60s. That wing incidence is set for takeoff speed; as you go faster, you need to decrease the incidence to avoid climbing too fast. So B-52s have a characteristic nose down attitude when at low altitude after takeoff.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 12:01:28 AM PST

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