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Boeing to upgrade USAF B-52 and B-1 strategic bombers
Work, which is expected to be completed by Apr. 11, 2029, will be performed at Boeing's plant in Oklahoma City. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) awarded Boeing with a $14.2 billion contract to modify, modernize and test weapons systems on B-1 and B-52 strategic bombers. The contract is...
Impressive video shows B-52 strategic bombers fighting heavy crosswinds to takeoff
The impressive video in this post shows B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers fighting heavy crosswinds to takeoff from RAF Fairford. Taken on Apr. 5, 2019 the impressive video in this post shows B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers fighting heavy crosswinds to takeoff from RAF Fairford. This print is available...
Check out these awesome photos of USAF B-52s participating in LFEs in the vicinity of the Norwegian Sea, Iceland and the Netherlands
The B-52 flights demonstrate U.S. commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of their military forces. Taken on Mar. 28 - 29, 2019 the cool photos in this post show five U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortresses conducting training flights over international waters in the vicinity of the Norwegian Sea...
Former C-5 pilot remembers his FRED Fini-flight
I participated in this local training mission solely to make my last landing on my last, “fini,” flight. This capped 9,500 hours flying the C-5 Galaxy. A marvelous flying life it had been, but now it was over. Jay Lacklen is a former C-5 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two...
The sad story of the 1969 Loring Air Force Base B-52 Crash
“The B-52 had crashed shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board and, because it was fully loaded with hundreds of thousands of pounds of fuel, creating a massive conflagration off the end of the runway,” Jay Lacklen former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the...
Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 SABR could be B-52 New Radar
Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 SABR is under consideration by Boeing for the B-52 Bomber Modernization Radar System Northrop Grumman has successfully integrated the advanced AN/APG-83 SABR system onto multiple configurations of F-16 aircraft and is now taking the next step in expanding to additional platforms, including the U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress...
Upgrade allows BUFF’s Conventional Rotary Launcher to power up to eight munitions at one time
In addition to being able to deliver more munitions in less time, the modified CRL can also carry greater payloads of specific kinds of munitions. An upgrade to the B-52 Stratofortress and the Conventional Rotary Launcher (CRL) was tested, on Feb. 11, 2019. The change is designed to increase mission flexibility and...
The Palomares Broken Arrow Accident
The B-52’s incoming speed was too fast and caused the aircraft to collide with the KC-135’s fueling boom. Major Larry G. Messinger, one of the bomber co-pilots, recalled, “All of a sudden, all hell seemed to break loose.” The U.S. military uses the term “Broken Arrow” to refer to an accident that involves...
Barksdale Panel to reveal details on Operation Secret Squirrel, the BUFF Top Secret mission that launched the first strike of Operation Desert Storm
Code named Operation Senior Surprise, aka Secret Squirrel, this 35 hour mission was the first combat use of the Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile At 3:00 a.m. on the rainy morning of Jan. 16, 1991, Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) crews were awakened to the alert, “All Sierra crews report to the...
That Time a B-52 Aircrew Fell Asleep While RTB from a Bomb Run during the Vietnam War
"We were lead aircraft with #2 and #3 echeloned loosely behind us. Looking out my right window, I discovered #2 was slowly drawing abeam. Both #2 aircraft’s pilots were dead-ass asleep, with the plane on autopilot," Jay Lacklen former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying...

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