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Ear-Piercingly Loud B-52 Takeoff and Commentary Will Make Your Day

“Oh fantastic!  Look at that.”

The B-52 BUFF is one hell of a machine.  With 8 ear-piercing turbojet engines and a smoke trail longer than the Marlboro Man, the BUFF roared over the head of an avgeek at RAF Fairford in England.

The BUFF is an incredible aircraft.  The B-52 first flew in 1952.  Boeing built 744 B-52s over the life of the program.  It’s been involved in every major US conflict since the Vietnam war.  Each B-52 can carry up to 70,000 lbs of armament.  The B-52 has dropped everything from nuclear weapons to the X-15 to more conventional precision guided cruise missiles today.

There are only currently 102 B-52H models still in operation.  B-52 H-models are stationed at Minot, North Dakota and Barksdale AFB.  The B-52 is also deployed to the Middle East and Guam.  With life-extension and corrosion prevention programs for the BUFF, the aircraft is expected to be the first aircraft that remains in sustained service for an entire century.

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