Strategic Air Command

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

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 days ago

Six Turning, Four Burning: The story of how the Iconic B-36 Peacemaker got the Jet Engines

The Peacemaker Conceived during 1941 in case Germany occupied Britain, when US bombers would then have insufficient range to retaliate,… Read More

2 weeks ago

B-58 navigator recalls his pilot turning in his wings after their Hustler went in a nose-high stall during a night training Mach 2 bomb run over Dallas

The B-58 Hustler The US Air Force’s first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In… Read More

2 weeks ago

B-47 navigator/bombardier recalls when out of 45 Stratojets that took off from Little Rock AFB to the UK his B-47 was the only one that made it across the Atlantic Ocean

The B-47 Stratojet Designed to meet a 1944 requirement, the first XB-47 prototype flew in December 1947, performing far beyond… Read More

2 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

3 months ago

Epic video shows B-36 takeoff and landing in James Stewart’s Strategic Air Command Re-edited in 4 K

Strategic Air Command movie The cool video in this post shows some neat clips of the awesome Convair B-36 strategic bomber taking… Read More

4 months ago

B-58 Attrition: was the Hustler’s High Accident Rate the Reason for its Early Withdrawal?

The B-58 Hustler The B-58 Hustler 4-engined delta wing bomber came into service with the US Air Force (USAF) Strategic… Read More

5 months ago

Cool clips feature B-47 Stratojet bombers doing Immelmann Turns and Barrel Rolls

The B-47 Stratojet The B-47 Stratojet became an essential component of the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command (SAC) during… Read More

6 months ago

B-47 navigator/bombardier recalls when his Stratojet flew the largest Nuclear Bomb ever built to Spain

The B-47 that flew the largest Nuclear Bomb ever built to Spain Designed to meet a 1944 requirement, the first… Read More

6 months ago

The story of the Tornado that hit Carswell AFB and damaged two-thirds of SAC’s B-36 Peacemaker Force

The B-36 Peacemaker The B-36 was first conceived in 1941 as a transatlantic bomber to strike Europe from bases in… Read More

8 months ago

Utah Air National Guard now fields modified KC-135 Stratotanker able to enhance Battlespace Communications for all players in the Indo-Pacific region

Modified KC-135 Stratotanker History is being made during exercise Northern Edge 23-2 as the Utah Air National Guard’s 151st Air… Read More

9 months ago

The story of the SR-71 Double-Engine Flameout over North Vietnam that led to the Blackbird’s nickname the “Lead Sled”

The SR-71 was nicknamed the “Lead Sled” by a few people after Jerry O’Malley (pilot) and Ed Payne (RSO) dropped… Read More

9 months ago

Here’s why USAF put B-52 and B-1B Strategic Bombers on a Giant Trestle

Due to their higher flight altitude and nuclear payload, SAC bombers were the primary object of the tests, but fighters,… Read More

1 year ago

Cool footage shows B-36 takeoff and landing in James Stewart’s Strategic Air Command Re-edited in 4 K

The cool video in this post shows some neat clips of the awesome Convair B-36 strategic bomber taking off and… Read More

1 year ago

KC-97 Navigator tells the story of when his tanker refueled the then top-secret U-2 planes flying spy missions over Soviet Union

I was talking our first "hookup" down to us-- asked his altitude "classified", airspeed "classified" and finally "rate of descent"-… Read More

1 year ago

The story of Operation Secret Squirrel, the top-secret ultra-long range B-52 Stratofortress mission that opened strikes of Operation Desert Storm

Secret Squirrel remained classified until Jan. 16, 1992, when the aircrew members and maintainers who made the mission possible were… Read More

1 year ago