B-52 Bomber Cartridge Start “Cart-Start”


B-52 Bomber Cartridge Start “Cart-Start”96th Bomb Squadron Cart Start and takeoff.

“During these launches, a small-controlled explosive is inserted into two of the eight engines located on the B-52.

“The charges basically jumpstart the engines, removing the need to bring out the aerospace ground equipment used on normal launches,” said Tech. Sgt. Andrew Poole, 36th EAMXS crew chief. “By removing these steps we increase the aircrafts startup time from more than an hour to less than 10 minutes.”

Normally B-52s are supplied with an alternate energy source and an air supply to start the engines. Using the cart-start launch, an engine with a generator is started immediately, and the remaining engines are started while the aircraft taxis to the end of runway.”

“Cart-Starts” make a quick launch for B-52s Excerpt By Senior Airman Ryan Whitney , 36th Operations Group Public Affairs

Video by Master Sgt. Theodore Daigle 307th Bomb Wing

The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

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