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B52H - Stratofortress

By patspeirs  
B52-H - Stratofortress (BUFF)

The mighty sub-sonic bomber that has been the mainstay of the US airborne strike arm for five decades. Contracted for in 1952 and reached service in 1965 the B52 has seen active service in the Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been so long in service that one US aircrew memberís father and grandfather also served with B52s. Though reduced in numbers from the original 740 to currently 94 the BUFF is expected to serve until the 2040s!! (BUFF - big ugly fat fella - or other expressions starting with f)

This example, based in Louisanna, conducted a fly-by at the Leuchars airshow this year and is caught in the September soft evening light. The colour scheme, or rather non-colour scheme, seems so muted for such an impressive aircraft - not at all in keeping with itís massive weapons potential.

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mannypr 6 9 Puerto Rico
21 Sep 2012 10:42PM
Everytime I see a B-52 in the sky I tell myself how majestic it looks .

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
21 Sep 2012 11:04PM
I have yet to see one of these in the air.

It's on my list of aircraft that I must see before I die. Or they stop flying them!
21 Sep 2012 11:18PM
First time for me too - quite majestic and the 'smokey joe' image is really true to life. The black trail could be seen way out on the approach before any airframe detail was apparent. Unfortunately it only did a single fly-by. Good to hear from you...............Pat
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
21 Sep 2012 11:26PM

Quote:Good to hear from you...............

It's good to see you back in action again. I trust you're well.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2012 8:17AM
Taken against a wonderful sky and evening colours SmileSmile
22 Sep 2012 5:52PM
Thanks Bren - been a busy summer, a month in Canada and a g.daughter's wedding seemed to soak up all the spare time. Back in harness now, maybe a wee bit slower!!

My thanks also to all who so kindly comment on my images, much appreciated...............................Pat

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