Tag: BUFF

USAF denies that it is preparing to put nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert
Once the B-52H receives a slew of modifications adding up to a “major modification,” the USAF is likely to redesignate it as the B-52J.   Once the B-52H receives a slew of modifications adding up to a “major modification,” the U.S. Air Force (USAF) is likely to redesignate it as the B-52J, Brig....
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...
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...
B-52J's upgrades would include a defensive systems and avionics modernization, a crash-survivable flight data recorder, a weapons system trainer, advanced targeting pod relocation and an ejection seat The U.S. Air Force (USAF) could undertake a major upgrade of the iconic BUFF. As reported by Aviation Week in fact the service may formalize plans for a B-52J upgrade variant of its venerable...
Former B-52 Instructor Pilot remembers Training Incidents
"We could have been throwing up dust clouds behind us, we were so low. One wrong move and we'd have been splattered over miles of cactus," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 Instructor Pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the Line: An Air Force Pilot’s Journey and Flying the Line: An...
B-52s at Andersen Air Base, Guam, during preparations for Operation Linebacker II in Dec. 1972.
"The three B-52s sat behind the runway hold line awaiting permission for the final B-52 takeoff from U-Tapao. Then tower cleared us for takeoff. On interplane frequency, I said, 'OK, guys, let's take our Buffs and go home,'" Jay Lacklen, former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying...
Former BUFF driver tells the story of the B-52 flyby he performed to salute his mother
"Suddenly, flight service had hooked me up to the house phone and said, 'Your mother is on the phone, Phantom Six-Zero, go ahead.' Dumbfounded, I could only think to blurt out, 'Hi, Mom.'" Jay Lacklen, former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the Line: An Air Force...
BUFF driver explains how it was flying the B-52 on a low level training sortie
In 1980s, with the enhancement of the Russian air defense systems, the only way to perform an effective B-52 strike against Soviets was penetrating the target area avoiding the radar detection by performing a low level flight After it became operational in 1955, the B-52 remained the main long-range heavy bomber of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Strategic Air Command...
USAF completes investigation on why B-52H lost engine over North Dakota last year
B-52H's first stage fan disk of the Pratt & Whitney TF33 engine had failed in mid-air and caused the Number Three engine to break off the wing of the bomber A turbofan engine fell off the pod of a B-52H bomber during flight on Jan. 4 last year and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has completed its investigation into the...
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 Cong Even if the B-52 was born to be the mainstay of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) nuclear deterrent, the Stratofortress flew her first combat missions as conventional bomber during the Vietnam War: in fact the B-52 was used to...

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