B-52 Stratofortress

When Soviets faked a flyby of 28 Myasishchev M-4s to pretend they had a credible fleet of bombers, the US built thousands of B-47 and B-52 bombers and hundreds of KC-135s for real

When Soviets faked a flyby of 28 Myasishchev M-4s to pretend they had a credible fleet of bombers, the US built thousands of B-47 and B-52 bombers and hundreds of KC-135s for real

Soviet strategic bombers Strategic bombing had proved decisive in helping the Western allies bring Nazi Germany to its knees during… Read More

4 days ago

The B-52 and the Nuclear Bomb Bigger than the Soviet Tsar Bomba: the story of the BUFF that carried the Flashback Test Vehicle

The B-52 The B-52 was designed by Boeing Aircraft in October 1946 in response to the Army request for a… Read More

3 weeks ago

The “Secret Squirrel Seven’s” Senior Surprise: The B-52 Stratofortress Top Secret mission that launched the first strike of Operation Desert Storm

Operation Secret Squirrel On Jan.16, 1991, at 0636 local time, mission commander Lt Col John “Jay” Beard, aircraft commander Capt… Read More

1 month ago

The prototype B-52s scrapped after First Lady Lady Bird Johnson’s ‘beautification’ of the US Air Force Museum: The story of the XB-52 and YB-52

The B-52 Stratofortress For more than 60 years, B-52 Stratofortress bombers have been the backbone of the strategic bomber force… Read More

2 months ago

US Navy F-4 pilot who provided MiG CAP support for B-52s during Operation Linebacker II explains why BUFF Crews were scared of flying over Hanoi

Operation Linebacker II In 1972, Operation Linebacker broke the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive and convinced Hanoi to negotiate for peace.… Read More

2 months ago

40 Years ago the USAF retired the last B-52D, the BUFF model used to bomb North Vietnamese targets during Christmas Bombing Operation Linebacker II

A dedicated bomber: the B-52D After it became operational in 1955, the B-52 remained the main long-range heavy bomber of… Read More

2 months ago

The BUFF’s Folding Tail: an important but rarely noted Feature of all B-52 Stratofortress Strategic Bombers

The B-52 Stratofortress The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. The bomber… Read More

3 months ago

‘The BUFF can carry [more than] the entire weight of the Growler…in bombs!’ EA-18G pilot’s take on B-52 payload

The B-52 The B-52A first flew in 1954, and the B model entered service in 1955. A total of 744… Read More

3 months ago

Chinese J-11 fighter jet comes within 10 feet of USAF B-52 in ‘unsafe’ and ‘unprofessional’ night time intercept

Chinese J-11 fighter comes 10 feet from USAF B-52 On Oct. 24, 2023, a People’s Republic of China J-11 pilot… Read More

4 months ago

BUFF to land in South Korea for first time amid Seoul ADEX 23, the airshow that celebrates 70 years of US – Republic of Korea alliance

A B-52H Stratofortress (dubbed BUFF, Big Ugly Fat F****r by her aircrews) is slated to land on the Korean Peninsula… Read More

4 months ago

Raytheon delivers first AESA radar for USAF B-52 Radar Modernization Program

First AESA radar for USAF B-52 Raytheon delivered the first B-52 active electronically scanned array radar (AESA) to Boeing for… Read More

5 months ago

B-52 pilot recalls when he and his crew had to eject after their BUFF was shot down by a USAF F-100 Super Sabre

‘I heard F-100 pilot 1st Lt. James W van Scyoc call "Look out! My Missile’s fired". We were on autopilot… Read More

6 months ago

B-52 Operational Test and Weapons School form BUFF “Super Squadron” to develop tactics for un-fielded Stratofortress systems

Recently, the integrated squadron participated in Northern Edge 23, where they gained valuable insights into B-52 datalink modifications with Agile… Read More

7 months ago

[Updated] USAF avionics technician explains why the B-52 ailerons are bolted down, why they can’t be used and how you fly the Mighty BUFF without them

The B-52 Stratofortress After it became operational in 1955, the B-52 Stratofortress remained the main long-range heavy bomber of the… Read More

7 months ago

This video of a B-52 taking off in heavy crosswinds shows why it wouldn’t take much to tip over a BUFF if it didn’t have outrigger wheels

The B-52 The B-52H Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. The bomber is… Read More

7 months ago