I’m going to research this image to verify its authenticity, unless someone knows just how this plane ✈ made it on the flight deck. I can’t imagine it landed There.
Image was found on veteranstoday.com
UPDATE: After researching this image I found a short blurb about it on veteranstoday.com, the article was called ‘Can you transport a B-52 Bomber on an aircraft carrier?’ Here’s what they said:
While this may look like a gag shot, it is actually a “transport of a transport” necessity. The B-52 was in Beirut, Lebanon undergoing routine fuel tank cleaning. Workmen accidentally damaged the bladder system and had to install the bladders from smaller C-130s temporarily.
The plane was flown to nearby McCollough Air Base where it was lifted upon a barge bound for Tyre on the Mediterranean. Once there it was off-loaded onto the carrier deck for transport to Crete where the appropriate tank bladders were installed. It was then flown back to Beirut. Military cooperation in action.
This photo says you can. It came in over the transom. We can’t vouch for its authenticity but here it is anyway.
I’ve put this in the “Long Reads” category, you can bookmark and read later. Enjoy!
442nd Fighter Wing public affairs
9/25/2007 – WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — Part one: Capture — Airmen remember falling into enemy hands.
NOTE: This is the first of three articles in a series about Airmen from World War II who were shot down and captured by the Germans. The downed flyers eventually ended up in Stalag Luft III, a prison camp in eastern Germany, made famous by the 1963 movie, The Great Escape, based on the book by Paul Brickhill. These Airmen were interviewed during a reunion in Kansas City in April.
Oct. 10, 1943, started out happy for 2nd Lt. Fred Frey, a 23-year co-pilot on a B-17 Flying Fortress. Now 87 years old, he said he’d just received a three-day pass to go to London, but another co-pilot couldn’t make his mission. So Lieutenant Frey, who retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1963, was picked as a pinch hitter for a bombing run on Munster, Germany, which had key railroad junctions and was a part of the Ruhr industrial area. Read more
It’s a line that today’s veterans have become accustomed to and to which some awkwardly struggle to find a response. Read more
Editor’s Note: Portions of this essay originally appeared in “The Women’s War: Separate Spheres and Women Soldiers in the American Civil War,” a culmination of the author’s undergraduate research. Read more