B-52 bomber approach and landing cockpit video. Possibly exposing pilot’s mistake…

The following video brings you in the cockpit of a B-52 Stratofortress, the most famous U.S. bomber of the last 60 years.

What makes the footage extremely interesting is not only the view of the aircrew moving the control stick and engine throttles to follow the desired glide path but a weird, curious gesture the pilot in command (on the left) does at 00:24: he gently hits the left arm of the second pilot.

It looks like a reaction to something, possibly a mistake, done by the airman on the right.

What did he do wrong?

Impossible to say. Since he was not the pilot flying the plane, in my opinion, he may have said something wrong on the radio.

What’s your opinion?

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.