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  •  If I remember correctly... (1+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest

    ...it took a full minute for the B-52's flaps to extend, courtesy of two big electric motors that you accessed through a relatively tiny hatch above the forward bomb-bay wall. If one motor failed; it took twice as long. Had to help replace one once, and thankfully only once.
    BUFFs...there wasn't anything easy about them, but they just kinda grew on you.
    Thanks for the article and the memory!

    •  You are correct (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      There were also limits on how many times we could cycle the flaps in a certain time period.

      The motors would get hot and needed time to cool off.

      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 Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 11:17:58 AM PDT

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