B-52: setting course for 2050

MILITARY B-52H STRATOFORTRESS

A KC-10 Extender assigned to the 9th Air Refueling Squadron, based at Travis Air Force Base, California, refuels a B-52H Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, during a readiness training exercise.
Louis Briscese/US Air Force

The last B-52H Stratofortress came off the production line at Boeing’s Wichita, Kansas factory in 1962. Yet the current Global Strike Command (GSC) force of 76 active B-52Hs has the best aircraft availability and mission-capable rates of all three bomber platforms, according to General Robin Rand, former GSC commander, addressing the House Armed Services Committee in Washington on March 22, 2018.

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