B-52 “Cart Start” Video Details
Two B-52 Stratofortresses deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., take off from RAF Fairford, England, Oct. 21, 2019.
The B-52 cartridge start, or “Cart Start,” is a sight to behold. Explosive cartridges are used to jump start the turbojet engines into action. These high-energy charges allow them to start up and warm up to speed much more quickly than normal.
Stratofortress Alert Response Video – USMU Analysis
While a Stratofortress can take up to an hour to prep for flight on a normal day, when these birds are on alert there’s a more pressing need to be able to respond and get in the air quickly. In the Cold War days, aircraft were routinely loaded up with nuclear weapons and put on an alert status in the event of a nuclear strike. With that in mind, the designers of the B-52 utilized a system of explosive charges to jump start the jet’s turbojet engines, and get the plane rolling quickly.
In the above video, we see a B-52 crew practice a quick response alert drill. The jets are fueled up and ready to go. As soon as the alert is given, the crews immediately respond. The “Cart Start” is used to get the engines roaring quickly. And shortly after that, the bomber is headed towards the runway.
B-52 Stratofortress Video Playlist – USMU on YT
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