Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
A routine Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission by a pair of B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers from the USAF’s 2nd Bomb Wing (BW) provided the backdrop for a historic visit by one of the aircraft to South Korea, marking the first time the veteran ‘BUFF’ had landed in the nation for years
The USAF could turn to its supersonic-capable B-1B Lancer strategic bomber fleet to take over as the testbed for air-launched hypersonic weapons to help mitigate availability problems with the Cold War-era B-52H Stratofortress, which is currently in the process of being modernised
The first day of arrivals for this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire has seen a wide variety of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft types from numerous military air arms as well as civilian operators. Ben Stanley Hall was there to capture some of the arrivals on video.
Having operated from Andersen AFB in Guam since March, four B-52H Stratofortress bombers and approximately 190 personnel from the USAF’s 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron have returned home to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana; marking the end of another Bomber Task Force deployment to the Indo-Pacific region
Jeff Bolton tells the inside story of how the mother of all heavy bombers will remain deadly for another 50 years even as it heads towards 100 years of service, and what it’s like to fly her.
Having been selected to provide new turbofans for the USAF’s Boeing B-52H Stratofortress fleet, Rolls-Royce has announced that it has launched F130 engine testing at the firm’s outdoor test facility at the NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, marking the first time the new powerplant has been tested in the strategic bomber’s unique dual-pod engine nacelle configuration
A USAF-operated Boeing B-52H Stratofortress has successfully released the first All-Up-Round AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) during an operational test off the coast of Southern California on December 9
On 29 January 1951, Aviation Week published a lead story revealing a radical bomber designed by Douglas, the Model 1211-J. This came as a shock to the outside world, as Boeing was under contract to develop the XB-52 as the US Air Force’s new heavy strategic bomber. Something had clearly happened…