B -52 / KC-135 Alert cartridge start, Elephant Walk, 6 ship MITO takeoff Wurtsmith AFB
1987 Wurtsmith AFB, MI. This is a video I took of an Alert Cartridge Start and MITO take off of 6 aircraft. Every so often the alert aircraft would start engines using cartridges and then move the aircraft to the runway. They would then roll down the runway and re-park in the facility. They looked like a bunch of heavy elephants wedeling down the runway...thus the name elephant walk. I was a B-52 pilot at the time.
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