B-52 Stratofortress: The Story of the BUFF from Drawing Board to the Skies over Afghanistan

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Book by Yenne Bill

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The B-52 is the longest serving and most versatile of the U.S. Air Force’s combat aircraft. The Stratofortress entered active service in 1955 and is scheduled to continue as part of the air force’s inventory through 2040. B-52 Stratofortress covers every aspect of the aircraft’s development, manufacture, and modification. The aircraft began its career as a potential nuclear bomber during the Cold War, but its active combat duty has been with more conventional weapons. Its service in key campaigns in Vietnam is covered, as well as its return to prominence in the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, taking part in massive bombing campaigns in both of these wars. The books ends with a discussion of the continuing upgrades that will keep the B-52 an integral part of U.S. airpower for many years to come.

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The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress--it's an epic aircraft, the longest-serving combat aircraft in the U.S. Air Force. Known as the BUFF (standing for "Big Ugly Fat Fellow"), it entered operational service in 1955 and is slated to continue as a vital part of the USAF inventory through the middle of the twenty-first century, giving it an unprecedented ninety years of front-line service. From its beginning, the B-52 was a mainstay of America's Cold War nuclear deterrent, the manned bomber that augmented land-based and submarine-based missile forces. Due to its extreme versatility, dependability, and low operating costs, it has seen combat service in all of America's hot wars since 1965: Vietnam, both Gulf Wars, and the war in Afghanistan. In "B-52 Stratofortress," Bill Yenne covers every aspect of the BUFF's development, manufacture, modification, and combat service. This six-decade success story is illustrated with over 200 photographs, providing a rich historic overview of this aviation and military icon.

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