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B-52s Arrive in Qatar – Ready To Kick ISIS Ass

Photo by Jim Mumaw
Photo by Jim Mumaw
Photo by Jim Mumaw

B-52s bombers replace B-1s at air base in Qatar.

About a month ago, reported that ISIS had better start building a better bomb shelter because the BUFFs were coming.

Make that present, not future, tense.

U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers – affectionately called Big Ugly Fat Fellows – arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, over the weekend to join Operation Inherent Resolve. The number of B-52s was not disclosed but those on hand will support the American-led campaign against the Islamic State group.

“The B-52 will provide the coalition continued precision and deliver desired airpower effects,” Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command and Combined Forces Air Component, said in a release. “As a multi-role platform, the B-52 offers diverse capabilities, including delivery of precision weapons and the flexibility and endurance needed to support the combatant commander’s priorities and strengthen the coalition team.”

The B-52s, as the enemy will soon learn, are able to loiter over the battle field for extended periods of time and deliver precision-guided weapons at multiple targets.

Not that we have any desire to aid the ISIS fighters, but good advice would be to dig deep … or get ready to duck.


Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school. Exclusive: A Q&A With Former Thunderbird Pilot Josh Boudreaux

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