Here’s the video of the B-52 bomber flying without its fin

As explained on a previous post, on Jan. 10, 1964, a B-52H lost its vertical tail during a test mission over North Mexico.

The aircraft was able to land six hours later and here’s a video showing the first and only “tailless” Stratofortress.

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  1. Why did this plane have this unusual paint scheme? Why the red upper surfaces? The film explains that the plane was on loan to Boeing, so apparently it was being used in a test program.

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