Operation Linebacker II

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

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Outdated WWII tactics and Soviet-manned North Vietnamese SAMs: An in-depth analysis of how 15 B-52 bombers were shot down during Operation Linebacker II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

How outdated WWII tactics and Soviet-manned North Vietnamese SAM Systems led to the shooting down of 15 B-52 bombers during Operation Linebacker II

Seventy-five Airmen died supporting the operation, 33 of whom died in the 15 downed B-52 Stratofortress bombers – the primary… Read More

2 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

Remembering Capt. Thomas, the co-pilot of Charcoal 01, the first B-52 shot down during Operation Linebacker II

He was the father of Derrick Thomas, a linebacker and defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs who was elected… 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

Aardvark Down: former F-111 WSO tells the story of his ejection over North Vietnam during Operation Linebacker II

"If I had been superstitious at all, I probably wouldn't have flown the mission at all. Every one of the… Read More

5 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

U.S. AIR FORCE REMEMBERS AIRMEN WHO SERVED IN OPERATION LINEBACKER II

The strategic bombing over North Vietnam lasted 11 days and its success heralded the end of the conflict The U.S.… Read More

7 years ago