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Aircraft Report: Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

After 68 years of operational service, Boeing’s mighty long-range strategic bomber – the B-52 Stratofortress – is still the mainstay of the USAF’s global strike capability, a title this heavyweight will retain for up to three more decades.

B-1Bs conduct Baltic training missions

A pair of US Air Force (USAF) Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic-capable strategic bombers flew from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), South Dakota, to the Baltic region in support of a Bomber Task Force training mission.

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Re-BUFFED

We detail what it will take to keep the USAF’s veteran bomber, the B-52H Stratofortress, operational and technologically relevant until its projected retirement around 2050.

UAC delivers modernised Tu-160s to Russia

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has returned a pair of recently upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M1 Blackjack supersonic-capable strategic missile carriers to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

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Nuclear B-52s: Doomsday bombers

The B-52 was designed to deliver nuclear strikes...

USAF B-2s return to Europe

Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bombers have arrived in Europe as part of a Bomber Task Force deployment.

USAF to retire ‘structurally deficient’ B-1Bs in 2021

The US Air Force (USAF) has proposed to retire 17 “structurally deficient” B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bombers in 2021.

B-52 engine replacement campaign gathers pace

The US Air Force (USAF) has provided an update on its Commercial Engine Replacement Program (CERP) – which seeks to replace the powerplant of its venerable Boeing B-52H Stratofortress fleet.

Modernised Tu-160M makes first flight

Tupolev – part of the United Aircraft Corporation – has announced the successful first test flight of the Tupolev Tu-160M – a modernised variant of its supersonic, variable-geometry strategic bomber family.

USAF deploy B-52s to Diego Garcia amid Iran tensions

USAF sends six Boeing B-52H Stratofortress heavy bombers to the island of Diego Garcia – a militarised atoll in the British Indian Ocean Territory.