US B-52 bombers strike two ISIS camps in Libya

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by aaronvan, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. aaronvan, Jan 19, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2017

    aaronvan Suspended

    aaronvan

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Location:
    República Cascadia
    #1
  2. 5684697, Jan 19, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2017
  3. aaronvan thread starter Suspended

    aaronvan

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Location:
    República Cascadia
    #3
    BUFF drivers be like, "Where's the love?"
     
  4. yaxomoxay macrumors 68000

    yaxomoxay

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #4
    why B-2's ? I didn't think that Isis had many radars at its disposal, unless this operation was hidden from Libyan authorities.
     
  5. MacNut macrumors Core

    MacNut

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    CT
  6. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

    DrewDaHilp1

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Location:
    All Your Memes Are Belong to US
    #6
    Things got pretty heated there if only for a few minutes.
     
  7. MacNut macrumors Core

    MacNut

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    CT
    #7
    Was the tin roof rusted.
     
  8. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

    DrewDaHilp1

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Location:
    All Your Memes Are Belong to US
    #8
    Not sure, I bet it's annealed now.
     
  9. aaronvan thread starter Suspended

    aaronvan

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Location:
    República Cascadia
    #9
    Because the USAF never uses a flyswatter when a flamethrower is available.
     
  10. yaxomoxay macrumors 68000

    yaxomoxay

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #10
    We have just a few of them, and their operations are quite expensive. Was it worth it? Let's use a rugged B52 !
     
  11. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

    DrewDaHilp1

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Location:
    All Your Memes Are Belong to US
    #11
    How are you going to justify a larger portion of the DOD budget if you aren't putting warheads on foreheads?
     
  12. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Location:
    Midlife, Midwest
    #12
    According to real news organization the New York Times the B2 was selected for this mission due to its ability to ability to loiter over the target area. They also used satellite-guided bombs. According to the Times:

    Speculating as to the airframe choice would suggest that the Air Force chose the B2 due to its combination of massive bomb load and ability to maintain operational security by taking off from a US base rather than one located in Europe or the Middle East., as well as not risking ISIL retribution attacks against a foreign government for allowing strikes to be conducted from their country.

    That said, spending 34 hours cooped up in an airplane cockpit the size of a small minivan for more than a day and a half must have been pretty taxing for the crew.
     
  13. vertical smile macrumors 68000

    vertical smile

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2014
    #13
    The thread title says B-52, is it B-2 or B-52?
     
  14. yaxomoxay macrumors 68000

    yaxomoxay

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #14
    B-2's.
     
  15. webbuzz macrumors 65816

    webbuzz

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2010
    #15
    Oh good, our resident Jane's Defense analyst has arrived.
     
  16. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

    DrewDaHilp1

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Location:
    All Your Memes Are Belong to US
    #16
    [​IMG]
     
  17. aaronvan thread starter Suspended

    aaronvan

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Location:
    República Cascadia
    #17
    The B-2 is a piece of ****. We have B-52s stationed on Diego Garcia that could've easily executed this mission. The reason the B-2 had to fly a 34-hour round trip? Because it is so delicate and fragile, the B-2 can't even be forward deployed. It's a $1.2 billion hanger queen.
     
  18. ChrisWB macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2004
    Location:
    Chicago
    #18
    What.

    What!

    Put up your dukes!

    :p
     
  19. vrDrew, Jan 19, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 20, 2017

    vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Location:
    Midlife, Midwest
    #19
    Maybe so.

    But Diego Garcia is technically British sovereign territory.

    And I happen to know, from very well informed sources, that Herr Trump hasn't exactly endeared hisself to the sort of Mandarins that really hold the levers of power in Whitehall. They might very well be reactionary racist bastards, products of a deeply undemocratic system. But they can spot a jackass a million miles off.

    These people play 3-dimensional chess. The ****bird giving the speeches tomorrow can barely keep up with a third-grader at checkers.
     
  20. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

    ucfgrad93

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Location:
    Colorado
    #20
    I'm sure I won't be the only one calling Bravo Sierra on this.
     
  21. ibookg409 Suspended

    ibookg409

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2016
    Location:
    Portsmouth, NH
    #21
    Obama waiting till his LAST day to actually do his job.
     
  22. aaronvan thread starter Suspended

    aaronvan

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Location:
    República Cascadia
    #22
    Diego is British but the US flies ME bombing missions from there.
     
  23. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

    DrewDaHilp1

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Location:
    All Your Memes Are Belong to US
    #23
    11:15 your avatar gets a pardon.
     
  24. ibookg409 Suspended

    ibookg409

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2016
    Location:
    Portsmouth, NH
    #24
     
  25. vertical smile macrumors 68000

    vertical smile

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2014
    #25
    Both are impressive airframes, but I personally find the flying wing is a little more impressive. No rudders or vertical stabilizers.

    The avionics and technology that enabled it to fly was very advanced for the time and even now. It is an engineering marvel.
     

Share This Page