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  • First in 3 decades: US deploys B-52 bombers to Qatar to bomb ISIS

    04/09/2016 11:09:20 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 34 replies
    RT News ^ | 9 April 2016
    American B-52 Stratofortress bombers have been sent for their first Middle East operational deployment since the 1991 Gulf War 26 years ago. The aircraft are flying from Qatar to bomb Islamic State targets. An undisclosed number of B-52s have arrived at the Al Udeid Air Base on Sunday, the US Air Force said. “The B-52 will provide the coalition continued precision and deliver desired airpower effects,” Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander, US Air Forces Central Command said in the statement. The B-52 is a long-range multi-purpose heavy bomber. The Central Command last used them during Operation Desert Storm...
  • U.S. deploys B-52 bombers to Qatar for fight against Islamic State

    04/09/2016 11:36:22 AM PDT · by Mariner · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 9th, 2016 | by Andrea Shalal
    The U.S. Air Force deployed B-52 bombers to Qatar on Saturday to join the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the first time they have been based in the Middle East since the end of the Gulf War in 1991. U.S. Air Forces Central Command said it last flew the long-range bombers operationally in the region in May 2006 as part of the war in Afghanistan, and during a U.S.-led military exercise in Jordan in May 2015. "The B-52 demonstrates our continued resolve to apply persistent pressure on Daesh and defend the region in any future contingency," said...
  • Boeing B-52 evolves again with guided weapons launcher

    01/18/2016 10:28:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | January 15, 2016 | James Dreq
    On 16 January 1991, seven Boeing B-52Gs fully loaded with AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles took flight from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana on a top-secret mission to destroy targets inside Iraq. Those 35h missions were the first combat sorties of Operation Desert Storm. Lesser known is that the mission, dubbed Secret Squirrel, also marked the combat debut of the AGM-86C, with 35 weapons fired and 85-95% of targets successfully destroyed, according to the US air force. A derivative of the nuclear-tipped AGM-86B, the B-52G would not have been deployed if only armed with nuclear cruise missiles and unguided bombs. Now,...
  • Vintage Boeing B-52 gets new long-range Lockheed cruise missile

    11/23/2015 9:28:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies ^ | 23 NOVEMBER, 2015 | JAMES DREW
    The Boeing B-52H is the vintage bomber that just won’t quit, and now the Cold War-era “Stratofortress” is being outfitted with one of America’s newest and longest-range conventional cruise missiles. Lockheed Martin has been put on contract to arm the 54-year-old aircraft – which has outlived many of those who predicted its retirement – with the extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon (JASSM) under a $9.1 million contract announced earlier this month. In a statement to Flightglobal, LM director of long-range strike systems Jason Denney confirms that the B-52 will be updated to carry the turbofan engine-powered cruise missile internally on...
  • US Flies [Nuclear Capable] B-52 Bombers Near Disputed Islands Claimed By China

    11/12/2015 3:01:36 PM PST · by Southack · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/12/15 | Kristina Wong
    The United States flew two B-52 bombers over the weekend near man-made islands constructed by China in the South China Sea, a U.S. official told The Hill, in a clear challenge to China's territorial claims to the area. The bombers made one pass within 12 nautical miles of the islands...
  • B-52 bombers demonstrate their long reach in mock bombing run from US to Australia

    08/04/2015 1:33:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies ^ | 4th August 2015
    TWO B-52 bombers flew 44 hours non-stop from Louisiana to the Northern Territory on a simulated bombing run last month — all to deliver a message to China. The lumbering, 1950s vintage dinosaurs lifted off from the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, United States, on July 1. Their mission: to be BAAD. That’s military speak for yet more military speak: “bomber assurance and deterrence”. Translated, it means sending a message to Australia and the nations of South East Asia that the United States is willing and capable of assisting its allies. It was also a demonstration — to China...
  • Here's a B-52 Stratofortress and all of its ammunition in one photo

    06/24/2015 1:12:53 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 66 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Alex Lockie
    This photo shows the entire arsenal of a B-52 Strartofortress. The standard loadout for this plane includes eight AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, four AGM-142 Raptor missiles, 51 500lb bombs, 30 1,000lb bombs, 20 AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles (CALCM), 12 joint stand-off weapons (JSOW), 12 joint direct-attack munitions (JDAM) and 16 wind-corrected munitions dispensers (WCMD), according to In 1955, when the first Boeing B-52 Stratofortress became operational, nobody would have imagined that the plane would likely remain in service for nearly 100 years. Today, that's exactly what the US Air Force has in mind for this iconic aircraft. Around 750...
  • The B-52 bomber turns 60

    04/26/2015 1:13:04 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 64 replies
    CNET ^ | April 25 , 2015 | CNET
    It was at the vanguard of aviation technology in the 1950s, and it's still going strong today: meet the B-52 Stratofortress.The B-52 heavy bomber continues to show that old doesn't have to mean outdated, even in an era of rapid technological change. Just the opposite: through good maintenance and occasional updates, vintage tech can hold its own against flashier but more expensive, and more finicky, next-generation (and next-next-next-generation, even) designs. The very first flight of a Boeing B-52 took place 60 years ago this weekend.
  • The B-52 Is Becoming A Terrifyingly Intelligent Smart Weapons Truck

    02/20/2015 8:08:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 53 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha Jalopnik ^ | January 16, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    The B-52 has only been able to carry smart weapons on its external pylons, with its internal weapons bay being relegated to nuclear and dumb bombs, as well as some older cruise missiles. Now, the iconic 60 year old Stratofortress is finally getting a new 'smart' rotary weapons rack and other upgrades that will more than double its smart weapons punch. You could say that the B-52's empty weapons bay has been the most under-utilized real estate in the entire USAF. Even as the B-52's utility morphed over the decades (from a nuclear interdiction option, to a carpet bomber,...
  • I’ll Be Damned, These Boneyard B-52s Can Still Fly

    02/19/2015 8:02:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 18, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The Air Force is working to get a B-52 bomber back into service after it sat collecting dust for seven years at the famous Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. On Feb. 13, the B-52H—with the serial number 61–0007—left the desert for its new home with the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. This is the first time the Air Force has “regenerated” one of these bombers from the Boneyard back to active duty.
  • Hagel Visits San Diego In Farewell Tour To Promote Next-Gen Bomber

    01/14/2015 11:47:10 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 31 replies
    KPBS ^ | 1-13-15 | Robert Burns
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday vigorously endorsed an Air Force plan to build a next-generation strategic bomber, arguing that it would help deter nuclear war and preserve America's global pre-eminence. "I think the long-range strike bomber is absolutely essential to keep our deterrent edge as we go into the next 25 years," Hagel told reporters after addressing a group of several hundred airmen at this B-2 stealth bomber base in western Missouri. Hagel later traveled to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, and also planned to visit Navy sailors aboard an aircraft carrier and Army soldiers in...
  • America’s 60 Year-Old Nuclear Bomber Might Finally Get a New Engine

    10/27/2014 6:48:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 27, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    The U.S. Air Force is taking a serious look at overhauling the nearly 60 year-old B-52 bomber—including a new engine for the ancient plane. The question is not whether it makes sense, but why it hasn’t been done before. The answers include poor planning, budgetary procedures that defied economic logic, and at least one bone-headed accounting error. The B-52 first entered service in the mid-1950s. Putting new engines on the “Buff,” or Big Ugly Fat (cough) Fella, became a possibility after 1978, when the commercial airplane business launched two modern engines, the Rolls-Royce RB.211-535 and the PW2000. Unlike the first...
  • America’s 60 Year-Old Nuclear Bomber Might Finally Get a New Engine

    10/27/2014 6:27:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.27.14 | Bill Sweetman
    For decades, the Pentagon has been toying with the idea of upgrading the B-52 bomber, first built in the mid-1950s. Will they finally get around to it, this time? The U.S. Air Force is taking a serious look at overhauling the nearly 60 year-old B-52 bomber—including a new engine for the ancient plane. The question is not whether it makes sense, but why it hasn’t been done before. The answers include poor planning, budgetary procedures that defied economic logic, and at least one bone-headed accounting error. The B-52 first entered service in the mid-1950s. Putting new engines on the “Buff,”...

    09/04/2014 3:18:11 PM PDT · by SgtBob · 32 replies
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  • North Carolina Came Close to a Nuke Attack

    06/17/2014 8:39:43 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 45 replies ^ | June 14, 2014 | Matt Brawell
    A newly-declassified report reveals that two nuclear bombs accidentally dropped in North Carolina were much closer to detonation than previously reported. On January 21, 1961 a B-52 bomber went into a tailspin, breaking apart mid-flight over Goldsboro, N.C. The plane was carrying two nuclear bombs, both of which were pushed into free-fall. The parachute for one of the bombs was safely deployed, but the other continued to plummet. It had been previously believed that, though nerve-racking, the incident was not nearly as dangerous as it sounded as neither bomb was armed. But documents released Thursday by the National Security Archive...
  • The B-52 bomber: Long-standing symbol of US strength

    06/13/2014 7:49:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13 June 2014 | Jonathan Beale
    The Boeing B-52 - sometimes known as the Stratofortress - is a long-range, jet-powered strategic bomber which is widely expected to prop up the US Air Force well beyond the year 2045 Before our marathon eight-hour flight Captain Thomas Hyde, the commanding officer of one of the B-52 bombers, briefly describes the mission. He says we will be doing a number of simulated bombing runs around what he calls "the island". He makes it sound like a short training flight over a remote abandoned outcrop of rock somewhere in the North Sea. But the island he is referring to is...
  • New details about the epic B-52 mission to rescue a Cessna in Alaska

    12/26/2013 8:48:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec 26 2013 | David Cenciotti
    As we reported few weeks ago, on Nov. 10, two B-52s, launched from Minot and Barksdale AFB for a training mission, flew hundreds of miles off course to give assistance to a Cessna plane that had lost radio contact with Anchorage Air Traffic Control Center in bad weather, over Alaska. While all the details about the successful rescue mission were released by the U.S. Air Force and can be found here, little was known about the mission the two Buffs were flying when they received the distress call. But, since then, we gathered some more information. The two B52s that...
  • U.S. Directly Challenges China's Air Defense Zone (Pair of American B-52 Bombers Fly Over)

    11/26/2013 9:11:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 194 replies
    wsj ^ | 11/26/13 | Julian Barnes
    <p>WASHINGTON—A pair of American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, U.S. officials said Tuesday, in a direct challenge to China and its establishment of an expanded air-defense zone.</p> <p>The planes flew out of Guam and entered the new Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone at about 7 p.m. Washington time Monday, according to a U.S. official.</p>
  • How the B-52 Became Immortal

    09/22/2013 6:31:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | September 22, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    If and when the U.S. attack on Syria takes place, it will be different in some ways from any previous intervention. But it will have one thing in common with every war the United States has fought in the past 50 years: B-52s will be available for the fight. This bomber is the combat aircraft that will not die. In 1977, when Congress was debating whether to build a replacement called the B-1, the complaint was that the B-52 was older than the pilots flying it. This fact was supposed to capture its obsolete character and sagging decrepitude. The...
  • Some Disturbing Facts About America's Dwindling Bomber Force

    09/21/2013 2:04:31 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 53 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8-16-2013
    One of the most distinctive features of U.S. military power is the Air Force’s fleet of heavy bombers. .... However, after 80 years of steadily developing better bombers — basically, since it entered World War One — the U.S. ceased spending money on new long-range strike aircraft following the collapse of the Soviet Union. There aren’t many bombers left. All of the bombers are old. No new bomber is waiting in the wings.
  • B-52 bomber: The plane that won't die--Upgrades aim to extend B-52 bombers' already long lives

    08/19/2013 7:06:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 47 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 19, 2013 | W.J. Hennigan
    By W.J. Hennigan August 19, 2013 For Air Force Capt. Daniel "Swoop" Welch, flying a B-52 bomber has become the family business. His father, retired Lt. Col. Don Welch, was trained to drop nuclear bombs with the aircraft during the height of the Cold War. His grandfather, retired Col. Don Sprague, flew B-52 combat missions in Vietnam."It is definitely a testament to the robust design of the B-52," said Welch, 28. "Getting to fly the same aircraft as my father and grandfather has been pretty cool." Also Graphic: Upgrading the B-52
  • Upgrades aim to extend B-52 bombers' already long lives

    08/19/2013 8:01:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 19, 2013 | W.J. Hennigan
    Upgrades aim to extend B-52 bombers' already long lives Despite the plane's more than half-century of service, the Air Force thinks modifications and overhauls have made the B-52 ageless. For Air Force Capt. Daniel "Swoop" Welch, flying a B-52 bomber has become the family business. His father, retired Lt. Col. Don Welch, was trained to drop nuclear bombs with the aircraft during the height of the Cold War. His grandfather, retired Col. Don Sprague, flew B-52 combat missions in Vietnam. "It is definitely a testament to the robust design of the B-52," said Welch, 28. "Getting to fly the same...
  • Barack Obama blames US Navy for increased North Korean tensions.

    04/07/2013 10:47:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/7/13 | Moe Lane
    Ever notice that this administration is only lightning-fast when it comes to shifting blame when things don’t work out perfectly? They practically left a vapor trail in their zeal to anonymously accuse the US military of being responsible for our tense situation with North Korea: So, it’s the Navy’s fault that the U.S.-North Korea spat has gone so far? That’s the apparent message from senior administration officials who, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, said that they had long planned to send B-52s, B-2 stealth bombers, and F-22 fighters to the Korean Peninsula as part of preplanned wargames...
  • U.S. Air Force Photo of the Day: Awesomeness

    03/25/2013 7:55:12 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 61 replies
    U.S. Air Force Photo copied onto [Extra Large Photo 4,288 × 2,848] ^ | January 24, 2013 | Caitlin Kenney, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
    A USAF B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale AFB, Louisiana prepares to land at Nellis AFB, Nevada on January 24, 2013 during Red Flag 13-2. Via (medium, large, huge) The Photographer Caitlin Kenney, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, United States Air Force  
  • Bob Beckel calls on CBS, ‘Amazing Race’ to apologize for Hanoi episode

    03/22/2013 2:16:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Fox News Nation ^ | March 22, 2013
    Fox News' co-host of "The Five" Bob Beckel has called on CBS to apologize for an episode of "The Amazing Race” set in Hanoi, Vietnam. In the episode, contestants go to a B-52 Memorial, which is the wreckage of an American bomber plane shot down during the Vietnam War, to find the next clue in their televised round-the-world journey. "Do you realize, CBS, there were four Americans that went down with that plane?" Beckel said on "The Five" Thursday. "Two of them died."
  • Amazing Race episode set in Hanoi sparks outrage over use of B-52 as prop, communist song

    03/21/2013 11:00:39 AM PDT · by Doogle · 45 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 03/21/13 | FOX
    The popular CBS reality show "The Amazing Race” is under fire for featuring an episode set in Hanoi, Vietnam, where contestants go to a B-52 Memorial, which is the wreckage of an American bomber plane shot down during the Vietnam War, to find the next clue in their televised round-the-world journey. In the episode, the twisted metal of the downed plane is treated as any other prop, with a bright ‘Amazing Race’ ‘Double-U-Turn’ signed planted in front of it, signifying to contestants the next phase of their scavenger hunt. The show also had contestants learn a song that was performed...
  • Not your grandfather’s B-52

    05/16/2012 4:26:22 AM PDT · by TSgt · 36 replies
    DOD BUZZ ^ | Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 10:59 am | Philip Ewing
    The Air Force wants its B-52s to keep flying until 2040, but the airplanes of that era won’t look like the ones we all remember from “Dr. Strangelove” — or even the bombers flying today. According to an official story from the weekend, Lt. Gen. Jim Kowalski, the head of Global Strike Command, says the B-52 is set to receive a round of upgrades that will help both the airmen inside each one and also the top-level commanders moving them around on their maps. Even if that commander’s suit is a darker shade of blue: These upgrades are integral to...
  • Sixty years on, the B-52 is still going strong

    04/15/2012 6:32:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 95 replies
    CNET ^ | April 15, 2012 | by Jonathan E. Skillings
    Along with the ICBM, it was one of the defining pieces of military technology during the Cold War: the B-52 bomber. Those who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s knew the B-52 Stratofortress as a central figure in the anxiety that flowed from the protracted staring match between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. On the one hand, it was reassuring to know that the Strategic Air Command was ready at a moment's notice to scramble its B-52s to counter any potential nuclear attack. On the other hand, if the bombers were flying that mission, well, things might well...
  • B-52 celebrates 60 Years

    04/11/2012 8:58:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    USAF Global Strike Command ^ | 4/11/2012 | Staff Sgt. Brian Stives & Megan Meyer
    B-52 celebrates 60 Years by Staff Sgt. Brian Stives and Megan Meyer Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs 4/10/2012 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Air Force Global Strike Command will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the B-52 Stratofortress on April 15, 1952. This flight was made by the YB-52 prototype in Seattle. Air Force Global Strike Command will commemorate the airframe's anniversary with events centered around the theme: "The B-52: An Icon of American Airpower." During the celebratory campaign, AFGSC will recognize the heritage and accomplishments of the B-52 and the people -...
  • Alive and kicking (Air Force’s youngest B-52 Stratofortress turns 50 this year)

    04/05/2012 9:03:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Airman Magazine ^ | 2 April 2012 | Tech. Sgt. Chris Powell
    Alive and kicking Air Force’s youngest B-52 Stratofortress turns 50 this year The Air Force’s youngest B-52 Stratofortress, Tail No. 1040, will hit a milestone this year, when it turns 50 years old. Of course, “young” is a relative term when you’re a long-range, heavy bomber that was created during the height of the Cold War. Tail No. 1040, the last of 744 B-52s to be manufactured, was delivered to the Air Force, in October 1962. “I don’t think anyone really knew this was going to be the last B-52 ever made,” said Robert Michel, the 5th Bomb Wing historian....
  • In a B-52 Over Hanoi (Crew radio chatter, lots of SAMs)

    04/03/2012 5:00:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies ^ | March 30, 2012 |
    Operation Linebacker II, in a B-52 bomber over Hanoi, North Vietnam, on December 26, 1972.
  • The B-52 Gets a 21st-Century Upgrade

    02/27/2012 5:39:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies · 3+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | February 27, 2012 | Joe Pappalardo
    America's newest, nuclear-tipped cruise missiles will be carried by an airplane already more than 50 years old, if the Air Force's strategy proceeds as planned. The Air Force has been eager to build a long-range bomber to carry nukes, preferably one that can evade radar while closing in on targets. But that program is languishing—officials have not even decided if the new planes will be piloted, robotic, or optionally manned—and, in the meantime, the B-52 Stratofortress will fill the gap. The tactic: Have the B-52 fire a new air-launched cruise missile far from the target and let the missile, not...
  • Holden Withington, Last Living B-52 Designer, Dies at 94

    12/21/2011 9:41:25 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 17, 2011 | DOUGLAS MARTIN
    On a Friday in 1948, six aeronautical designers from the Boeing Company holed up in a hotel suite in Dayton, Ohio. They stayed put until Monday morning, except for the one who left to visit a hobby shop and returned with balsa wood, glue, carving tools and silver paint. The group emerged with a neatly bound 33-page proposal and an impressive 14-inch scale model of an airplane on a stand. Col. Pete Warden, the Air Force chief of bomber development, studied the result and pronounced, “This is the B-52.”
  • Upgrades to extend B-52 Bomber's lifespan until 2044

    10/10/2011 2:30:16 PM PDT · by bkopto · 75 replies
    Gizmag ^ | Oct 9, 2011 | David Szondv
    In September 2011, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved $88 million for further upgrades to the 76 B-52H bombers that remain out of the total production run of 744 aircraft. SNIP The B-52 has proven a remarkably durable aircraft that has adapted to a changing world. Too slow, heavy and unstealthy to fly into defended airspace, the BUFF's (Big Ugly Fat Fellow) days of standing 24-hour alerts against the outbreak of World War III are long over, but it still maintain its nuclear deterrent role as a platform for the new Long Range...
  • Photo of the Day: The Defenders of Liberty

    05/29/2011 8:51:10 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, USA ^ | May 7, 2011 | Christopher Ebdon
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  • Pentagon Could Limit Some B-52 Bombers to Non-Nuclear Role

    05/11/2011 9:21:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Pentagon Could Limit Some B-52 Bombers to Non-Nuclear Role Wednesday, May 11, 2011 The United States could limit some of its B-52 bombers to non-nuclear missions in complying with a new strategic nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, Defense Department officials informed lawmakers last week (see GSN, Sept. 30, 2010). The New START pact entered into force on February 5. It requires the United States and Russia to each reduce deployment of strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550, down from a cap of 2,200 mandated by next year under an older treaty. It also limits the number of fielded warhead delivery...
  • Are B-52 Bombers Loaded With Nukes Heading To Iran?

    04/03/2011 11:07:00 AM PDT · by Strategy · 75 replies
    Defence Talk ^ | April 3, 2011
    Military planes loaded with nuclear weapons were flying around the US, could be getting ready to fly out to Iran.
  • B-52 Tail-gunner Recalls MiG Downing (Vietnam)

    12/27/2010 8:44:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 9+ views
    Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs ^ | 12.27.2010 | Air Force Staff Sgt. Don Branum
    News: Face of Defense: B-52 Tail-gunner Recalls MiG Downing Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs Courtesy Story By Air Force Staff Sgt. Don Branum U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - If the landmarks here could speak, the B-52 Stratofortress bomber sitting near the academy's north gate would have quite a Vietnam War story to tell. The crew of the "Diamond Lil," a B-52D, tail number 55-083, took off from Utapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield on Christmas Eve in 1972. The crew's mission was to bomb the North Vietnamese railroad yards at Thai Nguyen as part of Operation Linebacker...
  • Photo of the Day: Deterrence

    12/21/2010 5:50:15 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 10 replies
    Ken Koller ^ | October 19, 2009 | Ken Koller
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  • Bomb squadrons rotate at Andersen AFB

    12/03/2010 5:18:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    USAF ^ | 12/3/2010 | Airman 1st Class Anthony Jennings
    More than 200 Airmen and two B-52H Stratofortress aircraft arrived here recently to replace the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron. The Airman are assigned to the 69th Bomb Squadron from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and are supporting U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence. "Our number one priority is to support theater objectives and maintain peace and stability in the region," said Lt. Col. Michael Cardoza, the 69th EBS commander. "After that, we are looking forward to honing our combat skills in a variety of conventional mission sets. "We have spent the last year primarily focused on perfecting our nuclear mission....
  • Global Strike Command builds partnership with French

    12/02/2010 9:26:01 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    USAF ^ | 12/1/2010 | by Lt. Col. Chris Karns and Megan Meyer
    The French Strategic Air Forces' top officer, Lt. Gen. Paul Fouilland, visited Air Force Global Strike Command here recently as part of a continuing dialogue between the two nations' strategic air forces. The Global Strike Command commander, Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, toured French air bases in July to inaugurate what is intended to be a regular series of exchange visits. "In all of our meetings with our French counterparts, I've been very impressed with their professionalism, technical expertise, and absolute dedication to their deterrence mission," said General Klotz. "We have a lot in common, and can learn a great deal...
  • The Bomber Question

    12/01/2010 9:33:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 12/1/2010 | By John A. Tirpak
    The Air Force hasn’t been told when to begin work on a new long-range strike aircraft, or even what it should be able to do. The Air Force is hoping there’s a new bomber included in the Fiscal 2012 defense budget planned for release next month. If there is, it will be the centerpiece of a new portfolio of long-range strike weapons systems, which will encompass standoff missiles, older bombers, airborne electronic attack (AEA), carrier-based aircraft, and possibly a quick-reaction missile able to hit any global target within an hour. Deliberations on the long-range strike system have been a subject...
  • Base’s newest B-52 squadron to deploy

    11/11/2010 8:46:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Mionot Daily News ^ | 11/11/2010 | Eloise Ogden
    More than 200 airmen and two B-52 bombers from Minot Air Force Base's newest B-52 squadron will deploy next week for Guam, said base officials. This will be the first deployment for the 69th Bomb Squadron, which was reactivated at the Minot base Sept. 4, 2009. Historically, it is the first time the 69th will deploy to Andersen AFB, Guam, since the Vietnam War. The 69th is a distinguished unit that also had deployments of its bombers during World War II. Led by Lt. Col. Michael Cordoza, the 69th is the second and newest B-52 squadron at Minot AFB. The...
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Air Force Contract to Integrate CLIP on B-1B and B-52 Aircraft

    10/21/2010 11:15:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Northrup Grumman ^ | 10/21/2010 | Northup Grumman
    The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $14 million contract extension to integrate its Common Link Integration Processing (CLIP) system on B-1B and B-52 aircraft, providing aircrews with enhanced battlefield awareness, communications capabilities and weapons management. Under the 17-month contract extension, Northrop Grumman will support software integration, ground and flight tests, and Air Force and joint interoperability certifications. All 66 aircraft in the B-1 bomber fleet and 94 aircraft in the B-52 fleet will be CLIP enabled. CLIP is a software package that allows existing platforms without a tactical data link, as well as platforms with different...
  • Why The B-52 Got $11.9 Billion

    10/07/2010 10:31:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 10/7/2010 | Colin Grant
    When the Air Force announced an $11.9 billion sustainment contract to Boeing last week for the venerable and enduring B-52 eyebrows shot up along the Potomac, especially on Capitol Hill. It appeared to provide roughly $127 million per airplane spread out over eight years, one hell of a lot of money for a plane that originally cost $9.3 million in 1955 (somewhere around $76 million per in current dollars). So we checked with the Air Force to get some details on just what was happening and why. Congressional aides were flabbergasted by the contract, for which no money has been...
  • USAF gives Boeing $11.9b B-52 support deal

    09/30/2010 11:13:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies
    Flight Global ^ | Craig Hoyle
    The US Air Force has awarded Boeing a potentially $11.9 billion contract to support weapon system modernisation of its B-52 bomber fleet. "This contract will include several delivery orders over an eight-year period. This is a contracting vehicle that will allow engineering sustaining contracts, studies, production and other activities to occur in support of the B-52," says Boeing. The company expects to receive its first funds in relation to the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity deal on 30 September, it says.
  • Command's first-ever Global Strike Challenge under way

    07/07/2010 6:02:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Air Force News ^ | 7/6/2001 | Air Force News
    Intercontinental ballistic missile, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress and B-1 Lancer units are competing in the first Global Strike Challenge, showcasing the capabilities and expertise of missile, bomber and security forces Airmen. "Global Strike Challenge will help us build pride and a culture of excellence," said Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, the Air Force Global Strike Command commander. It is "the beginning of a new tradition-- the best of the past launching us into the future," he said. Global Strike Challenge pits units' top security forces, maintainers, and missile and bomber crews in head-to-head competition to be recognized as the best...
  • X-51A Team Eyes Results Of Scramjet Flight

    05/29/2010 10:24:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 695+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/29/2010 | Graham Warwick
    Following the longest flight yet by an air-breathing scramjet engine, the X-51A Waverider team is waiting to see whether the largely successful first launch of the hypersonic demonstrator will unlock funding for further development of the ­technology. The X-51A was launched over the Pacific on May 26, achieving scramjet ignition and acceleration, but the engine ran for only 200 sec. rather than the 300 sec. planned, and the vehicle reached around Mach 5 instead of accelerating beyond Mach 6. When it began to slow down and telemetry was lost, the flight was terminated and the vehicle destroyed, says Charles Brink,...
  • On The Job With A B-52 Radar Navigator

    05/21/2010 6:27:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 40 replies · 991+ views
    KERO 23 ^ | 5/20/2010 | Julie Flannery
    The B-52 entered into service in 1955 and was referred as one of the most powerful bombers. While that was true when the war plane first hit the skies, nearly 55 years later, it’s still true. Partly due to the testing B-52 Radar Navigator Christopher Rudd does at Edwards Air Force Base. “We’re an independent organization that plans, executes, analyzes, the new systems that’s coming on board for in this case the B-52,” said Rudd. From testing new software to new weaponry, they do it all to make sure despite its age, the B-52 is still top notch. “We are...
  • Boeing B-52 set to receive major radar upgrade

    05/20/2010 6:59:33 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 56 replies · 926+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 5/19/2010 | Flight International
    The US Air Force is moving forward with a major new upgrade for the half-century-old Boeing B-52H fleet, focused on replacing the bomber's radar, which is roughly 30 years old. The Northrop Grumman APQ-166 strategic radar is nearing the end of its useful life and will be replaced on 76 B-52Hs, the USAF says in a request for information issued to industry. The new system will perform all of the mission functions now performed by the APQ-166 mechanically scanned array, but provide "new and enhanced capabilities", the air force says. Although active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology is now available...