35 Incredible Facts about United States Air Force

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2653d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron

The 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is a U.S. Air Force flying unit, which is nicknamed “Hurricane Hunters,” specializes in flying into tropical storms and hurricanes for the specific purpose of directly measuring weather data in and around those storms.


27. In 2006, a B1-B Lancer named “Hard Luck” did a belly landing in Guam because the aircrew forgot to lower the landing gear.


28. When the USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber detects a nuclear flash it instantly shuts down and then reboots many of its electronic systems. Shutting down is the only way to avoid an electromagnetic pulse that would fry its components. The aircraft counters lightning by protecting its electrical components from over-amperage.


29. In 2003, a USAF F-16 fought a battle with a US Army Patriot missile battery and won.


30. In 2007, U.S. Air Force mistakenly loaded 6 nuclear warheads onto a B-52, which remained mounted to the aircraft for 36 hours. The missiles with the nuclear warheads were not reported missing. During this period, the warheads were not protected by the various mandatory security precautions for nuclear weapons.

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