The cool clip in this post features for the first time in modern history, in-flight videos of secret nuclear mission training that have been recently filmed in the B-52H “Stratofortress” bomber cockpit while in-flight. The new videos, in addition to a post-flight interview with Bolton, are available for viewing at JeffBolton.org. Bolton also recently filmed aboard the B-2A “stealth bomber” for the first time in history.
The new video is a product of Dallas-based film producer Jeff Bolton, who was allowed to fly and film the ultra-secret nuclear mission training evolution with an active duty U.S. Air Force (USAF) bomber crew. Bolton is working in partnership with Defense News in producing a multi-media series about the United States military’s nuclear arsenal.
The B-52H Stratofortress is a multi-role heavy bomber that deploys both conventional and nuclear weapons anywhere in the world from its home bases at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. “It’s no coincidence that the B-52 bomber’s global nuclear capabilities are being highlighted as nation-state tensions between the United States, China, Russia, North Korea and Iran are growing daily,” said producer Jeff Bolton. “These new in-flight cockpit videos demonstrating the B-52H reach and nuclear firepower are why the legacy bomber remains so relevant in the world today.”
Originally designed as an intercontinental, high-altitude nuclear bomber, the B-52’s operational capabilities have advanced over the years to meet changing national defense needs. Boeing built 744 B-52s and delivered the last, a B-52H, in October 1962. Only the H model is still in the Air Force inventory; it is assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command.
The B-52 is the most combat capable bomber in the U.S. inventory. Due to its high mission-capable rate, large payload, long range, persistence and ability to employ both nuclear and conventional precision standoff weapons, the B-52 continues to be a critical contributor to the U.S. National Security Strategy.
U.S. Air Force engineering studies suggest that the lifespan of the B-52 could extend beyond 2040.
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