Nuclear B-52s: Doomsday bombers

The B-52 was designed to deliver nuclear strikes and still stands prepared to carry out that mission today and into the future. Tom Kaminski outlines the venerable bomber’s history, its changing weapons and some notable incidents from 65 years of nuclear readiness.

A 416th Bomb Wing B-52G, equipped with AGM-86 ALCMs, takes on fuel from a KC-135. The weapons are carried on a specially designed missile pylon that was also capable of holding the now-retired AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missile (ACM). 
USAF/TSgt Dennis Plummer

Boeing’s Stratofortress has been a constant part of the US nuclear deterrent since 1955. It still has a part to play and likely will have for many years to come.

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