One thing leads to another

I wrote about the B-52 being a shape  that didn’t do much for me, and soon thereafter my lovely wife posted a note on Facebook about a B-52 being brought out of storage from AMARC at Davis-Monthan AFB.    One facet of the reporting that amused me was that there was some confusion about the airplane’s Air Force serial number, although all the news sites agree its name is Ghost Rider.

There was another B-52 at Barksdale AFB that had a serious cockpit fire, and apparently it was cheaper to pull a B-52 out of storage than repair the damaged airframe.  The surviving systems from the damaged machine will be transferred to Ghost Rider.

B-52H 61-0007 Ghost Rider being readied for the flight to Louisiana
B-52H 61-0007 “Ghost Rider” being readied for the flight to Louisiana.

I checked with Joe Baugher’s site, and verified that the correct serial for the aircraft is 61-0007, not 61-10007 or 61-1007 as listed in some reports. Let’s just say I’ll back Joe Baugher’s judgement on serial numbers any day. The Boeing construction number is 464434.

A different confusion arises when the Jalopnik article quotes the serial number of the B-52 that had the serious cockpit fire, necessitating Ghost Rider’s resurrection, as 61-0049. Joe Baugher says that’s the serial of an F-105D-15-RE Thunderchief of the 49th TFW which crashed near  Wheelus AB in Libya on Mar 6, 1962 due to engine failure.  It isn’t 61-1049 either, since Baugher says that’s in the range of serials (61-0973 61-2050)  allocated to  a bunch of Martin ASM-N-7 Bullpup missiles re-designated AGM-12 in 1962.  It’s just a typo somewhere, I’m sure.

I’d better do some more reading.  FYI the serial range for the three B-52 construction blocks  built in Wichita, KS in FY 1961 are 61-001 to 61-0013 (B-52H-165-BW) , 61-0014 to 61-0026 (B-52H-170-BW) and 61-0027 to 61-0040 (B-52H-175-BW)


The USAF published a nice story concerning Mr. Jerry Fugere, aged 80 from Tuscon, AZ who was Ghost Rider’s first Crew Chief in 1962.  Mr. Fugere was given the honor of marshaling Ghost Rider for its first taxi run since 2008. That’s him in the orange Hi-Viz jacket in the USAF picture below. 

Jerry Fugere salutes the “Ghost Rider” as it taxis by on Feb. 13, 2015, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
In 1962, Fugere was the first crew chief of the B-52H Stratofortress, tail number 61-0007, and is given the honor of marshaling the jet from its parking spot before taking its first flight since being decommissioned in 2008.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

2 thoughts on “One thing leads to another

  1. I crewed 1007 in the early 90’s at Minot AFB. I came up with the name and nose art design for her. Myself and my assistant, SrA Keith Lucht had a huge amount of pride in this jet. Under our watch, it consistantly flew Code 1 again and again. I served in the Air Force for 10 years, and separated in 1995, but still always had a place in my heart for ole 1007. Was devistated to hear she was sent to AMARC. After hearing she was being placed back in service, I was so darn proud. Especially after reading this article about her first Crew Chief launching her back into service, way to go Jerry!!!

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.