B-52 Minimum Interval Takeoffs

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Ten B-52H Stratofortress bombers took part in a minimum interval takeoff exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. A MITO is a maneuver that B-52 crews use to get aircraft off the ground as quickly as possible to complete a mission. Each aircraft is equipped with eight starter cartridges, one per engine, filled with gunpowder, which allows the engines to start up faster than for a normal takeoff.

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  1. pastorvon
    pastorvon Jan 01, 2014

    I did not know that B-52s used black powder canisters to start engines. I thought that went out with B-57s.

  2. 5602937
    5602937 Aug 13, 2015

    Mito take off 30 to 60 sec intervals? When I was at BAFB in the 70s the interval was 15 seconds. Times they have changed!!

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