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Watch as B-52 BUFFs Roar Past Low and Slow at Barksdale AFB

This Gorgeous HD Footage of B-52s Working The Pattern Will Make Your Ears Stand Up

Official US Air Force photograph

Everybody loves the BUFF. Boeing’s B-52H Stratofortress is still a front line weapons system more than sixty years after it entered United States Air Force (USAF) service. Today many of the remaining USAF B-52Hs are based at Barksdale Air Force Base at Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana and Minot AFB at Minot near the Canadian border in North Dakota. YouTuber airailimages uploaded this gorgeous HD footage of two BUFFs working the pattern at Barksdale on April 2nd of 2018. If you relish the distinctive whine of those eight TF33s whistling past, don’t miss this one!

The first B-52H to appear is 61-0010 (CN 464437) named Junkyard Dog and assigned to the 20th Bomb Squadron (BS) Buccaneers of the 2nd Bomb Wing (BW) and based at Barksdale AFB. The other BUFF in the pattern is 61-0003 (CN 464430) named Miss Behavin’ and assigned to the 69th BS Knighthawks of the 5th BW at Minot AFB.

Official US Air Force photograph

The remaining B-52H-equipped Bomb Wings are the 2nd Bomb Wing The Deuce and the Air Force Reserve Command’s 307th Bomb Wing, both based at Barksdale, and the 5th Bomb Wing Bomber Barons based at Minot. The 2nd BW is made up of the 11th BS School House, the 20th BS Buccaneers, and the 96th BS Red Devils. The 307th BW includes the 93rd BS Indian Outlaws and the 343rd BS Avengers. The 5th BW consists of the 23rd BS and the 69th BS Knighthawks.

Official US Air Force photograph

The 23rd BS and the 93rd BS both celebrated more than 100 years of service during 2017. Between 1955 and 1992, the B-52s flown by these squadrons were Strategic Air Command (SAC) assets. From 1992 to 2010 they belonged to Air Combat Command (ACC). Since 2010 have been part of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). Today the 11th BS School House owns training for B-52 crews and maintainers.

Official US Air Force photograph

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Bill Walton

Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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