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A AirForces Monthly Special

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  • COLD WAR

    VIETNAMTHE ULTIMATE WARRIOR

    FROM NUCLEAR TO MUDMOVER

    STRATOFORTRESS

    B-52 4.99

    B 52C E L E B R A T I N G 6 0 R E M A R K A B L E Y E A R S

    WHY THE USA NEEDED THE B-52

    B-52 TEST AIRCRAFT

    FROM A TO H

    UNPUBLISHED IMAGES

    B-52 DATABASEEXCLUSIVE CONTENT

    EVERY SINGLE B-52 LISTED

    EVERY VARIANT EVER CREATED

    BIRTH OF THE BUFF

    DESERT STORM

    OPERATION ALLIED FORCE

    OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

    B-52S DECISIVE BOMBING ROLE

    NATOS INTERVENTION IN THE BALKANS CONFLICT

    THE B-52S ROLE IN OUSTING SADDAM HUSSEINS REGIME

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  • 6 Birth of the Bu Jerry Gunner explains how the B-52 came into being, why it was needed and how the nal design was achieved.

    13 From A to H Bob Archer describes the different B-52 variants including the two prototype aircraft.

    36 Test and Evaluation B-52s Greg Spahr details the varied test work carried out by the Stratofortress.

    38 Might have beens Greg Spahr reveals some proposals for the B-52 that never quite made it.

    42 Cold War Ops The B-52 was the ultimate Cold War Warrior. Derek Bower explains.

    50 The Bu in Vietnam from Nuclear to Mudmover From Nuclear strike to tactical support, Glenn Sands tells the story of B-52 operations in Southeast Asia.

    62 Surviving Rolling Thunder & Linebacker Dao Nhat Dinh describes what it was like to be on the receiving end of B-52 bombing raids in Vietnam as a child.

    66 From Desert Storm to Enduring Freedom Tim Ripley and former 8th Air Force Commander Lt Gen E R Buck Shuler Jr recall B-52 operations over Iraq and the Balkans and more recently, Afghanistan.

    82 Stratofortress Upgrades Tom Kaminski reports on moves to keep the B-52 a viable weapons system in the 21st Century.

    90 Where are they now? The ultimate guide to every B-52 built, including details of museum pieces, air base displays, aircraft on active duty and those lost in service.

    in the 21st Century.

    90 The ultimate guide to every B-52 built, The ultimate guide to every B-52 built, including details of museum pieces, air base displays, aircraft on active duty and those lost in service.

    Left: Nobody could have imagined that this 1940s technology jet would still be going strong 60 years later. USAFBelow: It is though! USAF

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    B-52 60 REMARKABLE YEARS

    EDITOR: Jerry GunnerWith thanks to: Greg Spahr for the use of his archive and encyclopaedic knowledge and Lt Gen 'Buck' Shuler for his little nuggets of gold. CHIEF DESIGNER: Steve DonovanDESIGN: Lee Howson

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    PRINTED BY: Warners (Midlands) plc, Bourne, LincsThe entire contents of this special edition is copyright 2012. No part of it may be reproduced in any form or stored on any form of retrieval system without the prior permission of the publisher.

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  • 5www.key.aero/military.com B-52 Stratofortress

    ON APRIL 15, 1952 the rst ight of Americas newest warplane Boeings enormous B-52 Stratofortress took place from the companys air eld outside Seattle, Washington. Sixty years later the B-52, a utilitarian weapon of war, has acquired near-mythical status after a career spanning more than half of the 109 years of manned ight, with no end in sight indeed, it seems more than likely that the last B-52s, built more than 50 years ago, will carry on till theyve chalked

    up their century! Because of its high-pro le in-

    volvement in the Cold War and the rst war to be extensively televised, Vietnam the B-52 attracted wide public atten-tion. Stanley Kubricks movie, Dr Strangelove, featured the bomber and since then popular culture has given its name to a drink, a hair-style and a rock group.Boeing called the B-52 Strato-

    fortress, carrying on the Fortress theme that started with the B-17 Flying Fortress and moved on

    through the B-29 and B-50 Superfortresses. As a result

    of the carpet bombing of jungles during the Vietnam War it gained the monikers Monkeyknocker and Coconutknocker. Today it is known as the Buff, an acronym and an affectionate nickname: the letters stand for Big (no argu-ment there); Ugly (many wont agree); and then we get the rst big disagreement the rst F means either Friendly (depend-ing on whose side youre on) or Fat (although some versions look quite svelte). However, the last F denotes either Fellow (which we use, being a polite publica-tion) or another four-letter word, which we de nitely will NOT use! In these 108 pages we give

    the reader an insight into what has made the Buff such an icon. Conceived as a Cold War instrument of Armageddon, it morphed into a bomb-truck to devastate miles of jungle in Southeast Asia and then launched cruise missiles against Saddam Hussein and Milosevic. Today it continues to be a key

    part of Americas nuclear deter-rent and is acknowledged as one of the most important and versatile aircraft in the US Air Forces inventory. Air Force Glo-bal Strike Command, custodian of the Buff, has declared 2012 The Year of the B-52. Men and women yet to be born will go on to work with the Buff before the last one makes its way to a museum or the smelter.Jerry Gunner, Editor

    The Year of the

    B-52 60 REMARKABLE YEARS

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    B-52 60 REMARKABLE YEARS

    STRATEGIC BOMBING has always been a controversial subject and there remains a large and vociferous cohort that maintains that bombing on its own can never achieve military victory. While that may be so, it is undeniable that aerial bombing has been part of warfare almost since the dawn of manned ight. German Zeppelin airships and Gotha bombers attacked Great Britain during the First World War. Britains edgling Royal Air Force used bombing in the 1920s

    to try to subdue rebel tribes in Iraq, with mixed results. It was the German Condor Legion in Spain during the Spanish Civil War that rst resorted to the large-scale deployment of purpose-built bombers against ci-vilians. And in the Second World War, large eets of bombers were deployed by both Axis and Allied forces. By the end of that con ict it was the US that had the largest bomber eet, comprisi

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