A US Air Force B-52H bomber diverted to RAF Fairford after declaring an emergency.

The aircraft, callsign CAKE11, declared an emergency due to engine failure before landing safely at RAF Fairford.

The bombers flight path shows the jet continued to circle between Worcester and Gloucestershire for over two hours. This was reportedly done in order to burn fuel and allow for a safe landing.

It should be noted that B-52 aircraft have eight engines.

RAF Fairford is a Royal Air Force station that is famous for hosting the Royal International Air Tattoo in addition to being frequently used by American aircraft. The most publicly well known use in recent years has been as an airfield for United States Air Force B-52s during the 2003 Iraq War.

It is the US Air Force’s only European airfield for heavy bombers.

What is the significance of “Squawking 7700”?

Captain Hoke is a Boeing 757/767 captain for a package express airline and also runs the website AeroSavvy, he had this to say.

“Declaring an emergency means the crew determines they have an “urgency” or “distress” situation. “Urgency” means the crew is concerned about the safety of the flight and needs timely (but not necessarily immediate) assistance. A “distress” condition means that the flight is in serious and/or imminent danger and requires immediate assistance.”.

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Captain P Wash

Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring …… It still had another 7 Engines !


Yes plenty of spares but Probably running on 6, I doubt they’d leave the other 1 in the nacelle running as that’s a lot of asymmetric load on the nacelle root.

Captain P Wash

Ha. That’s a great answer !!!!


its a great answer. who can think of any other aircraft with the same twin format in the nacelle? i can’t off the top of my head

Captain P Wash

Arado AR234.

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Captain P Wash

VC10, lol, I’m struggling now !


B47 yes
AR234-C’s had 2seprerate nacelles on each wing bolted together so not sure if it counts or not.
Good shout on the VC10


Also depending on the nature of the fault it may have been more than one engine disabled.

Captain P Wash

Well It Is a 70 year old Aircraft !

David Barry

Trigger’s broom more like.


Not an expert on them but done a fair bit of reading up on the engine replacement program, from that it sounds like the only common between each pair is a common fuel rail, as 1 of the changes requested for reliability is a new common/separate fuel manifold per nacelle.

River Rha

Perhaps the United States doesn’t Approve “Wing Walking for Its’ Active Duty Aircraft-in-the-Air: Instant Readiness Repairs”?

Consideration for Dr. Strangelove, Perhaps

Stevo H

I heard about it live whilst watching Big Jet TV, everyone was ok.