B-52D

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

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

3 months ago

Outdated WWII tactics and Soviet-manned North Vietnamese SAMs: An in-depth analysis of how 15 B-52 bombers were shot down during Operation Linebacker II

While the Soviet SAMs, AAA, and Russian advisors had a lot to do with shooting down 15 B-52s and damaging… Read More

1 year ago

North Vietnamese MiG-21 Fishbed pilot tells the story of when he shot down a USAF B-52 Stratofortress during Operation Linebacker II

According to Vietnamese records, on the night of Dec. 27, 1972 North Vietnamese Air Force pilot Pham Tuan used MiG-21MF… Read More

1 year ago

50 Years Later: Operation Linebacker II. While the brave aircrews from the past are no longer in the USAF ranks, the B-52 Stratofortress continues to serve to this day.

Generations of aircrew have flown those B-52s and gone on to retire multiple times over. The B-52 is an eternal… Read More

1 year ago

Here’s how B-52 Tail Gunners shot down two North Vietnamese MiG-21 Fighters and turned the iconic strategic bomber into a MiG Killer

During Operation Linebacker II two B-52D tail gunners belonging to the 307th Strategic Bomb Wing from U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand, continued… Read More

1 year ago

Former North Vietnamese MiG-21 pilot explains how he was able to shoot down a USAF B-52 during Operation Linebacker II

"I launched two heat seeking missiles from a distance of 2 kilometers. Big flames were visible around the second B-52… Read More

3 years ago

Impressive photos prove that the Mighty B-52 Stratofortress is still kicking ass 50 years after Operation Linebacker II

Today the B-52 Stratofortress is able to employ nearly 50 types of various munitions as recently proved by Airmen from… Read More

3 years ago

[Video] The B-52 Strategic Bomber that Landed at Duxford and Performed the Shortest Runway Landing Ever Done by a BUFF

The impressive video in this post shows a retired B-52D Stratofortress strategic bomber landing at the IWM Duxford airfield before… Read More

4 years ago

The 11 Days that Ended 11 Years of War: the B-52 and Operation Linebacker II

By the eleventh day of Operation Linebacker II, the North Vietnamese were at the mercy of the B-52. The North… Read More

4 years ago

Former BUFF driver explains B-52D’s Emergency Procedures

The “D” also used very high pressure pneumatic air. The emergency procedure if this system sprung a leak proved the… Read More

5 years ago

B-52D Diamond Lil tail gunner explains how he scored the last confirmed kill by a tail gunner in wartime 

"I fired at the bandit until it ballooned to 3 times in intensity then suddenly disappeared from my radar scope… Read More

5 years ago

Former B-52 pilot tells the story of a scary bomb run during the Vietnam War

"Then the bomb run began in the early morning darkness over an Asian jungle. Our three-abreast, triangular-shaped formation banked steeply,… Read More

6 years ago

Operation Arc Light: when the iconic B-52 Stratofortress earned the nickname “BUFF”

Flying too high to be seen or heard B-52 bombers became one of the weapons most feared by the Viet… Read More

6 years ago

IMPRESSIVE PHOTOS SHOW B-52 BOMBERS COMMITMENT DURING OPERATION LINEBACKER II, THE CHRISTMAS BOMBINGS OVER NORTH VIETNAM

During Operations Freedom Train and Linebacker the B-52 community played a major role in bringing north Vietnam back the negotiating… Read More

6 years ago

HERE’S HOW B-52 TAIL GUNNERS TURNED THE BUFF INTO A MiG KILLER

The BUFF MiG kills were both scored during Operation Linebacker II, the Christmas strategic air offensive against the industrial and… Read More

6 years ago