B-52, B-2 and B-21 Bombers Are Getting Nuclear-Tipped Cruise Missiles
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon a pair of contracts worth about $900 million each to develop the stealthy Long Range Standoff — or LRSO — nuclear-tipped cruise missile. Each contact will run for 54-month period of performance during which the two companies will perform... Read more
The 1950s-Era Stratofortress Can Keep Flying for Another 50 Years
Replacing the venerable Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber’s eight antiquated Pratt & Whitney TF-33 engines with modern turbofans is increasingly becoming a top-priority for the U.S. Air Force. Replacing those antiquated powerplants will greatly increase the range, endurance and fuel efficiency of the B-52 while also reducing the workload... Read more
B-52s Are On Their Way to Blast ISIS
The Pentagon has few weapons as iconic and fearsome — not to mention as old — as the B-52 Stratofortress. Now the U.S. Air Force plans to send the bombers to strike the Islamic State. Air Force Gen. Herbert Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, made the announcement at the Air Force... Read more
Here’s Why America Keeps Flying a Half-Century-Old Bomber
North Korea sets off a nuclear bomb and how does the U.S. respond? The Pentagon sends a half-century-old airplane to buzz Korean airspace. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense if the warplane wasn’t the B-52 bomber. Designed in the aftermath of World War II, obsolete nearly before the last... Read more
Watch American Troops Pick Over a B-52 Crash Site
On March 14, 1961, Lt. Col. Schuyler, the chief of the Joint Nuclear Accident Coordination Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico received a troubling phone call. One of the Air Force’s massive B-52F Stratofortress bombers had crashed and burned in a field southwest of Yuba City, California. Then there was the really... Read more
The Pentagon Is Taking These B-52s’ Nukes Away
The U.S. Air Force is stripping the ability to drop nuclear bombs out of 30 B-52H bombers. But the massive planes will still be able to fly deadly conventional missions. On Sept. 17, the Air Force’s Global Strike Command announced it had finished converting the first bomber to dropping conventional... Read more
A Bloody Vietnam Battle, B-52s & One Notorious Marine
It was March 1, 1967 in Da Nang, South Vietnam and the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment was in trouble. With elements of 2/3 cut off and surrounded by North Vietnamese troops, a soon-to-be famous–and controversial–Marine named John Ripley rushed to help. And Ripley had backup … in... Read more
Mike Huckabee Is Wrong About America’s B-52s
In one of most bizarre moments of the bizarre Aug. 6 debate between Republican presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee — the 59-year-old former Arkansas governor — blasted U.S. president Barack Obama for, Huckabee claimed, allowing America’s military might to decay. And Huckabee decided the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 bomber best... Read more
I’ll Be Damned, These Boneyard B-52s Can Still Fly
The Air Force is working to get a B-52 bomber back into service after it sat collecting dust for seven years at the famous Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. On Feb. 13, the B-52H—with the serial number 61–0007—left the desert for its new home with the... Read more
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