Strategic Air Command

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

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

Having 2/3 of the B-36 Peacemaker force knocked out in less than 30 minutes taught SAC a lesson. Each time… Read More

1 month ago

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

From the warfighter in the air, to the commander on the ground, everyone’s situational awareness is enhanced through the Utah… Read More

2 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

3 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

6 months 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

7 months 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

7 months 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

9 months ago

The story of the RC-135 Spy Plane that was diverted to intercept a Soviet Tu-95 bomber because no fighters were on alert. The RC-135 was renamed FC-135.

‘The RC-135 was diverted to do the intercept. The RC snuck up on the Bear from low rear and then… Read More

11 months ago

The story of the B-52 Stratofortress Strategic Bomber that landed safely without its tail

Test pilot Charles F. “Chuck” Fisher flew the B-52 to Blytheville AFB, Arkansas, where the wind was straight down the… Read More

12 months ago

The DEFCON System and which levels US Forces have been in the Past

Those of us who are GenXrs clearly remember the film "War Games." We will not rehash that film, but it… Read More

2 years ago

The story of when the Convair XB-36 Peacemaker was fitted with Track-Type Landing Gear to operate from Arctic Staging Bases

In June 1948, the XB-36 briefly became a training aid for SAC, which was expecting its first production B-36A for… Read More

2 years ago

The B-58 Mach 2 bomber was Sexy, but Hard to Fly. Here’s why the Hustler was one of the most controversial designs in history of aviation.

Although the B-58 had its issues pilots and crews were in awe of it. Flying the Hustler was the pinnacle… Read More

2 years ago

EC-135 Looking Glass restored to its original state on display at SAC Museum

Due to space restrictions, the EC-135 Looking Glass is displayed without wings or engines. On Jul. 17, 2021 the Strategic… Read More

2 years ago

How the B-36 Peacemaker bomber survived to five cancellation attempts during its career

It is interesting to note that the B-36 program might have been canceled at least five times during the big… Read More

2 years ago

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… Read More

3 years ago

Remembering Operation Chrome Dome, the 1960’s airborne alert missions flown by B-52 strategic bombers armed with thermonuclear weapons

By 1961 General Power openly announced SAC conducted airborne alert missions, codenamed Chrome Dome, with nuclear-armed B-52s or BUFFs, meaning… Read More

4 years ago