B-52 Stratofortress

When a B-52 pitched up and collided with a KC-135 over Palomares: the story of the most famous Broken Arrow accident

Operation Chrome Dome Operation Chrome Dome was Strategic Air Command's unprecedented nuclear deterrence operation, a hugely elaborate and costly response… Read More

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When Soviets faked a flyby of 28 Myasishchev M-4s to pretend they had a credible fleet of bombers, the US increased B-52 production by 35%

The fake flyby of 28 Myasishchev M-4s that increased B-52 production When the Myasishchev design bureau was reborn in 1951,… Read More

2 weeks ago

Cool video shows USAF B-52 Stratofortress bombers operating from RAF Fairford

USAF B-52 bombers operating from RAF Fairford Filmed by our friend Dafydd Phillips on May 30, 2024, the cool video… Read More

3 weeks ago

Two B-52 Stratofortresses land at civilian airport to test their ability to operate in austere environments

B-52 Stratofortresses land at civilian airport A pair of B-52H Stratofortresses from the 20th Bomb Squadron tested their capabilities by… Read More

2 months ago

B-52 pilots recall performing the Whifferdill turn during aerial refuelings at 70 Deg bank angle

B-52 Stratofortress performing Whifferdill turn while refueling from Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker The impressive photos in this post show US Air… Read More

2 months ago

An Omega KDC-10 is the first commercial tanker to refuel USAF B-52, MC-130J over Pacific Ocean

Omega KDC-10 commercial tanker refuels USAF B-52, MC-130J over Pacific Ocean As Pacific Air Forces made history last November by… Read More

3 months ago

USAF reveals AGM-183A ARRW with live warhead in Guam during hypersonic weapon training

AGM-183A ARRW with live warhead in Guam Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) on Feb. 27, 2024 hosted a comprehensive hypersonic… Read More

4 months ago

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 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

7 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

7 months ago