Strategic Air Command

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

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

7 months 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

8 months 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

2 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

3 years ago

Former KC-135 Pilot Explains how a Typical Tanker/FB-111 Minimum Interval Takeoff (MITO) Took Place

“These aircraft of Armageddon go from sitting asleep to airborne in minutes, cold starting engines with explosive cartridges belching thick… 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

3 years ago

The Incredible Story of the KC-135 Flight that Flew Close to Iraq to Refuel F-4G Wild Weasels the First Night of Operation Desert Storm

‘It took courage to continue well past our refueling end point and fly closer to Iraq with CHOCTAW calling bandits… Read More

3 years ago

Remembering the AGM-69 SRAM, SAC Bombers’ Short Range Attack Missile

AGM-69 SRAM entered service in 1972 and was carried by the B-52, FB-111A, and B-1B. The interesting video in this… Read More

3 years ago

The story Behind this Photo of a Boeing 747 Refuelling an SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 Spy Plane

On Jul. 6, 1972, Mery Evenson and Coz Mallozzi flew SR-71 Blackbird test airframe '955 on a 3-hour sortie, checking… Read More

3 years ago

Project E and the cooperation between USAF’s SAC and RAF’s Bomber Command during the Cold War

Although SAC had 380 B-52s and 1,367 B-47s by the end of 1958, compared with Britain's three V-Bombers, it is… Read More

3 years ago

The sad story of the KC-10 Extender that exploded on the ramp at Barksdale AFB

KC-10 tanker tail number 82-0190 exploded on the Barksdale ramp while undergoing routine maintenance after a mission. Taken on Sep.… Read More

3 years ago

Remembering the B-58A Hustler speed records and the 1962 Bendix Trophy

On Mar. 5, 1962, Capts. Robert G. Sowers (pilot), Robert MacDonald (navigator) and John T. Walton (defensive systems operator) flew… Read More

4 years ago

The Palomares Broken Arrow Accident

The B-52’s incoming speed was too fast and caused the aircraft to collide with the KC-135’s fueling boom. Major Larry… Read More

4 years ago

Remembering the 1952 Carswell AFB Tornado that damaged two-thirds of SAC’s B-36 Force

Maintenance docks used to work on the B-36 bombers outdoors were thrown about and the steel cables tying down the… Read More

4 years ago