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B-52s – still going strong in 2016

 

The B-52 Stratofortress is in the news again, with recent deployments to Europe. These long range deployments show the aging B-52 is still a key weapon in the USAF’s arsenal. The current issue of Aviation News takes a detailed look at Boeing’s incredible B-52 bomber, charting its Operation Desert Storm missions and we visit Barksdale Air Force Base, home of the ‘BUFF’, plus much more!

B-52H Stratofortress starts its engines during a Minimum Interval Takeoff on Barksdale Air Force Base in August 2014. USAF photo-Staff Sgt Sean Martin

A Barksdale B-52, showing some of its weapon load. USAF

Historic photo of a B-52’s bomb bay at U-Tapao, Thailand. This ‘BUFF’ is laden with 750lb iron bombs.

A B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base touching down at Al Udeid, Qatar, on April 9, 2016. The unit’s aircraft and its crew were deploying in support Operation Inherent Resolve. This deployment is the first basing of the B-52s in the US Central Command area of responsibility in 26 years. USAF photo-Tech Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb

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