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airforce
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Fortunately, it had seven others to take up the slack. Still, this would not be good.

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An engine dropped out of a B-52 bomber during a training flight on Wednesday, the Air Force has confirmed.

A B-52 bomber on a training flight near Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota lost one of eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofan engines mid-flight.

The crew declared an in-flight emergency when the pilot discovered that an engine departed the aircraft and were able to land the aircraft safely without any injury to the five personnel on board.

An Air Force helicopter sent to recover the wreckage “located possible engine debris” in an unpopulated area about 25 nautical miles northeast of the base, Air Force officials added.

Officials said that there was no threat to public safety and that an investigation has been started.

The newest B-52 was built in 1962. But at least it could beat the F-35 in a dogfight. [Big Grin]

Onward and upward,
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My dad worked on at a Boeing assembly plant near San Diego in the early 60s that built the "tail gunner" section that was then shipped to Tacoma for final assembly.

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Eh, they got plenty of spares and plenty of airframes to rebuild new ones. Those things are built to lose half their engines and maintain the mission. They barely drop formation with the loss of just one engine.

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I one saw one that had about 85% of its elevator shot away. The aircrew was sweating bullets after they landed and saw the damage.

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