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The B-52 Stratofortress Today I Photos

Designed for the strategic Cold War mission of carrying nuclear weapons to the Soviet Union, the B-52 Stratofortress today is still equipped to carry nuclear weapons, both freefall and in the form of air-launched cruise missiles (ALCM), but can also carry various precision weapons and carry out a range of missions its designers probably never envisioned. Sixty years since first flight, the 744 Stratofortresses built have dwindled to 85 active and 9 reserve Buffs, but it is a testament to a remarkable aircraft that so many remain in service six decades from the time the first B-52 left the ground.

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Steven Hoarn is the Editor/Photo Editor for Defense Media Network. He is a graduate of...

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    flying around in a plane that is sixty years old is frightening at best. this plane should have been long retired and replaced by the B1-B bomber.