“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.