28th BW B-52D

Joined: February 28th, 2005, 9:06 pm

April 27th, 2018, 3:27 pm #1

I am looking for any help on the color of the arrow on the Ellsworth AFB B-52Ds, in the late 1950s.
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Joined: December 10th, 2017, 1:22 am

April 29th, 2018, 2:27 pm #2

Well, in the first picture with the markings in the shade, the tone 'appears' to be close to that of the Arctic Red on the fin tip, so I will say red.

In the second picture and with a totally unscientific scan with a Mk47 eyeball, I would say it matches the tone of the Insignia Red in the National Star Insignia.

Just my opinion, whatever it is worth.
Mark E. Young, Jr.
MSgt (Ret) USAF
IPMS 5494a
KC-135A - Built When Man Thought He Could Burn Water
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Joined: July 27th, 2006, 11:17 pm

April 29th, 2018, 8:27 pm #3

The fin tip and the slashy thingy (yes that's the technical term!) and the rectangular panel on the tail are antennas. They could be white, natural fiberglass or black(I've only seen the fin tip in black). The Arrow is either red or yellow. B52web.jpg
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Joined: March 18th, 2010, 12:41 am

May 21st, 2018, 4:06 pm #4

B&W photos are frequently shot through a red or yellow filter.  The top photo is contrasty like a red filter would render.  If that is the case, the arrow, being lighter,  would be more towards the red.  The second photo could have been with a yellow filter, or no filter.  I suspect yellow because of the darker sky, and the faded look on the red of the national insignia.  If so, the arrow on that plane is likely green or blue.  

Do you have more of the first photo that shows the stars and bars?
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