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  •  I have that same shirt. (8+ / 0-)

    Got it at a garage sale on base.  It's too small.

    I always carried a flightplan to Tahiti in the pant leg pocket of my flight suit.  We had lots of gas.

    Roughly 1986, I was the copilot in the 13th of 16 aircraft leaving Grand Forks AFB in a MITO takeoff... 12 second intervals.  Eight bombers, eight tankers. Lots of black smoke.  We joined up with a similar force from Minot AFB, plus a half a dozen of their Air Defense F-15s, the "Spittin' Kittens".  We all went past the Pole at roughly 88 degrees North, thumbed our noses at the Evil Empire, turned around, and went home.  Never knew why...seemed like a gigantic game of chicken.

    You guys target individual radar sites...our guys targeted individual classrooms.  "Our target for this mission is Mrs. Pavlovas Kindergarten class in Alapayevsk."  That was the joke, anyway...lots of dark humor.  You had to have dark humor.

    "We refuse to fight in a war started by men who refused to fight in a war." -freewayblogger

    by Bisbonian on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:20:32 PM PST

    •  If you go to the link for the MITO video, (3+ / 0-)
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      there's another video available showing a MITO with 15 B-52H's at Minot AFB in 2009, but the interval appears to be 30 seconds, not the 12-15 we used in the 60's and 70's.  A long time ago I saw a USAF training film that showed 30 B-47s doing a 15 second mito using JATO.  Talk about smoke!

      •  I think they went to 30 seconds right as I got out (0+ / 0-)

        Right at the end of SAC, in 1992.

        "We refuse to fight in a war started by men who refused to fight in a war." -freewayblogger

        by Bisbonian on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:25:37 PM PST

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      •  Nothing crazier than being no. 5 in a 6 ship MITO (1+ / 0-)
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        Retired Tanker Toad here - had to chime as so many of the comments in Kong's thread could be straight out of my memories.  

        You talk about smoke!  Now imagine being behind 3 Buffs - G-models of course - and in the middle of 3 A-model tankers.  Not only do I have 4 smoke spewing planes in front of me, I need to worry about getting eaten up by the poor sap who's number 6 - and he really can't see.

        30 sec interval from the lead tanker to the trail Buff, and 12 seconds between the tankers.  I can remember it being as tight as 8 seconds once.  ONCE.  So many things could have gone wrong - lost water (performance), lost an engine (perf.), or electrics (and then water - those pumps were electric - so perf.), gear stuck down (perf), late to turn to fan heading, etc.  I'm thinking, but cannot recall a single tanker crash in a MITO.  There was the Mather Buff crash that IIRC was in a MITO.

        The tankers were always close to peacetime limits for weight - 155/wet - and the Buffs just kicked our butts airborne.  I always figured they took off real light on these things.  

        MITOs in the R-model were trivial...

    •  The USN Boomer Crews... (3+ / 0-)
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      Had this shirt...

      Photobucket

      "Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
      I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
      ~John F. Kennedy~

      -7.5,-5.8

      by Oldestsonofasailor on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:26:13 PM PST

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