B52H Stratofortress bomber hits flock of birds in midair

A recent dogfight between an Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber and birds, which were much smaller than the bomber, caused damage to the plane. The birds were much smaller than the bomber. The fighting took place in close proximity to the United States’ northern border.

What was the reason for the aircraft crash?

It is believed that on November 3, a B-52H aircraft from the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota collided with a flock of flying birds, causing the aircraft to crash. Because of this, an investigation was done to find out how badly the plane and its eight jet engines were hurt.

The incident, which appears to have been filmed and shared on social media the same day it occurred, did not cause any injuries.

Oakes responded, “I can’t say either,” when he was asked whether the video had anything to do with him or whether he had made it. “An event very similar to that took place at Minot.”

What did the airplane seem to be doing in the video?

A video of what appears to be a line of Canadian geese being run over by an airplane with very wide wings was shared on Facebook by Andrew Tancabel. After a short time, it looks like all four of the jet’s engines are putting out thick clouds of smoke as the plane continues to fly away.

Oakes did not respond when he was asked how the crew on board dealt with the potentially life-threatening situation.

The “normal safety investigation process” is looking into the incident to determine what kind of bird hit the plane, how much damage it caused, and what lessons can be learned to prevent accidents like this one from happening in the future.

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100 bird strikes occur to airmen each year, but only a small chance of pilots losing their lives.

According to the Air Force Safety Center, there are an average of 100 bird strikes that occur to airmen each year. Even though these crashes are extremely dangerous, there is only a small chance that the pilots will lose their lives.

The bomber can travel great distances and is equipped to carry nuclear weapons. It is flown by the 5th Bomb Wing, based out of Minot, North Dakota, on missions all over the world to fight conventional battles and prevent nuclear attacks. Since 1962, the United States Air Force has taken great pride in operating a fleet of nearly eighty Stratofortresses.

Rachel Cohen was promoted to senior reporter for Air Force Times in March 2021. Her articles have been published in a wide range of publications, including The Washington Post, Air Force Magazine, Inside Defense, and Inside Health Policy, as well as the Frederick News-Post (Md.) and other local Maryland newspapers.


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