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[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 being put on permanent display at the local American Air Museum.

Taken on Oct. 8, 1983 the impressive video in this post shows a retired B-52D Stratofortress strategic bomber landing at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford airfield before being put on permanent display at the local American Air Museum.

Noteworthy the landing featured in the footage is the shortest runway landing completed by any B-52 Stratofortress.

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Duxford’s BUFF was built by Boeing Airplane Company in 1957 and used by the United States Air Force (USAF), Strategic Air Command (SAC) on over 200 missions from 1957-1983. It completed 14,000 flying hours during its service including flying 24 hour nuclear alert missions from 1957-1966 and periodic duties in South East Asia during the Vietnam War from 1966-1978, including flights on Operation Arc Light close air support missions, on strategic operations against North Vietnam, Operation Linebacker (May -December 1972) and Operation Linebacker II (December 1972).

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Overall painted in black with South East Asia Command (SEAC) disruptive pattern in SAC bomber tan, SAC bomber green and SAC bomber dark green camouflage to upper surfaces, the B-52D has 200 mission markings painted in red on port nose, USAF national insignia (1947 black pattern) on fuselage and Radio Call Number painted in red on vertical tail fin.

Photo credit: Mark Harkin via Wikipedia

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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