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B-52 Stratofortress Over Vietnam | Photos

Although designed as a strategic bomber that could penetrate Soviet airspace in the event of a nuclear war, the B-52 was pressed into service during the Vietnam War. The B-52’s first mission over Vietnam was on June 18, 1965, when the first Arc Light bombing mission was conducted. As the war escalated, the B-52 was used for a wide variety of missions. Later missions included interdicting supply lines and strategic bombing over North Vietnam. In the course of the conflict 126,615 sorties were flown, and 31 B-52s were lost.


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