B-52 Bomber Missions with Colonel Chris “Chico” Anderson

Welcome to the forty-fourth episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast! We are fast approaching 15,000 downloads!

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress may have the distinction of flying and fighting for 100 years. The military continues adding new equipment and missions to a platform created for the nuclear Cold War of the 1960s. Colonel Chris “Chico” Anderson joins the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast telling us how the B-52 BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fellow in polite company) continues to be one of the most potent and relevant aircraft in the US Air Force inventory. Chico tells us about Close Air Support and Joint Fires developed on the fly over Afghanistan to Hurricane Relief efforts along the Gulf Coast. Southern Command has now added another mission to the BUFF because of the sensors onboard… a laser-targeting pod hunting drug runners!

B-52 Bombardier Navigator (left) and Electronic Warfare Officer stations in the belly of the B-52 Stratofortress.

This episode of Lessons from the Cockpit is supported by the book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit. Fuel is a weapon! Tanker Pilot gives a behind-the-scenes view of planning and executing global air operations from nuclear alert missions in the Cold War to passing over 417 MILLION pounds of jet fuel in the 2003 Shock and Awe campaign over Iraq. Tanker Pilot allows this show to keep going so buy a copy available in all four formats on Amazon: hardback, softback, Kindle, and Audible.

B-52 Bombardier Navigator looking over his chart during a mission over the Nellis Range Complex.

On a recent show with MH-47 Chinook pilot Alan Mack, he mentioned his book RAZOR 03: A Nightstalker’s Wars would be published soon. RAZOR 03 is OUT and available on Amazon! 

Thanks for downloading and listening to this and previous episodes of the show, found on my website at markhasara.com. Please share all episodes with your family and friends, a new episode is posted every week.

On next week’s show, we discuss adversary tactics and training with one of the world’s experts who flew Russian MiG-21s and MiG-23s in the US Air Force out of Area 51… the world-famous 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron Red Eagles!

Thanks for downloading and listening to Lessons from the Cockpit and we’ll talk to you next week!

Mark Hasara

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P.S. — If you’re reading my book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit, I’d really love to hear your thoughts in a review on Amazon here, I read them all.

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