The B-52 Bomber’s 'Wrinkles' are a Feature, Not a Flaw
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November 21, 2019 - by Kyle Mizokami
- Recently a B-52 was photographed with what looked like "wrinkles" in its skin.
- The "wrinkles" are actually signs of the aircraft's aluminum skin buckling.
- Both military and commercial aircraft buckle in flight, without any danger to passengers or crew.
An article at The Aviationist addresses one of the least well known but apparently common facts about large airplanes—the skin does not always sit still and it isn't meant to.
As the article explains the skin of large aircraft such as the B-52 Stratofortress buckles in flight, rippling with the high speed flow of air over the surface of the aircraft. Although slightly alarming, it's perfectly safe.
B-52H Bomber Engine Emits Sparks in Remarkable Photo with Miraculous Timing: https://t.co/dkEZNvIuIc pic.twitter.com/uFHPUCP2bd
— The Aviationist (@TheAviationist) November 11, 2019
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