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March 15, 2012

Final Call: A B-52’s Ridiculously Low Carrier Flyby, Google Launches International Airfare Searches

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Photo of the Day: Yes, that's a B-52 bomber performing a flyby BELOW deck height of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger.

• Frequent fliers not happy about United’s rejiggering of mileage system. [Houston Chronicle]

• So you forgot to measure the height of your hangar before you bought that new airliner? Your 737’s tail is too tall to fit into your hangar? Rubbish. [Airline Reporter]

• Google’s new airfare search engine now does international flights after initially being relegated to domestic searches. [Frommer’s]

• Infographic breaking down the how the TSA has spent $57 billion to catch zero terrorists since 2001. [The Daily Beast]

• A retired Navy captain who presciently blogged about the dangers of landing at Naval Air Station Fallon was killed while doing exactly that. [Wired]

• Production of tails for the upcoming Boeing 787-9 will be moved from Seattle to Salt Lake City, and eventually to Italy. [Reuters via Yahoo News]

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  • Mike Foster ABHC(AW/SW) ret.

    The description under the photo completely wrong. The
    Ranger wasn’t in the Gulf (never was in the 80s) and the closes the ship was in
    1989 was in the Straits of Hormuz for a single mission for a couple of hours to
    photo graph the Iranian coast. Then the ship headed back to the Indian
    Ocean (Operation Earnest Will happened not long prior). The photo
    was taken around February 1989 during Rough Training which is the very
    last assessment before a carrier was deployed for a WESTPAC that is a six month
    deployment away from homeport. The ship was actually off the coast of Mexico
    hiding from the Air Force while play war games (The ship lunched an Alpha
    Strike on Hill Air Force Base during the same period that was the longest
    training carrier strike at that time). The carrier was preparing
    for the deployment preparing to crosses the time zone that triggered Russian
    bombers to locate and track the carrier before they were in range of Russia
    during the Cold War. A Russian surveillance ship would be off the coast
    of Hawaii waiting for the carrier to leave port on the journey to cross the
    Pacific Ocean and report back that the carrier was underway. Then
    Russian Bears and Badgers would locate the carriers and to take a photos
    and track the carrier until the ship was past Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam where they
    were stationed out of. The Air Force was playing the role of the
    Russians and the carrier’s goal was to intercept the bombers once they were in
    range to escort them through the carrier air space preparing for the “real
    life” mission that was soon to happen. F-14s would fly on both
    sides of the bomber and escort them through the carrier airspace. Unlike
    what was posted under the photo on the website, mostly on the crew on the fight
    deck saw the fly-by because the ship was in the middle of flight ops that
    prevented most the ship in seeing the planes (the photo that you have was taken from vulture’s row that is located along the upper section of the island).
    Plus, B-1s also did fly-bys along with the B-52s. The first B-1 was about 100 feet off the deck with two F-14s on both sides. TheB-1 bomber was probably going around 150-200mph then she kicked into afterburners and surprised the F-14s as they struggle to stay with the bomber. I was actually working on the bow (Fly 1) during the war games and took photos looking “down” at the same bomber that you have but I can’t find that photo right now. We actually flew for four days straight at the end of the exercise and finally pulled back into San Diego as we felt like zombies.