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Watch the Freshest BUFF in the Fleet Wow the Crowds at Last Year’s EAA AirVenture

57 Year-Old “Ghost Rider” B-52 Rose From the Boneyard to Fly and Fight Again

Official US Air Force photograph

From our good friends at Airshow Stuff comes this clip of the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress Air Force serial number 61-0007 (CN 464434) performing flybys for the huge crowd of avgeeks at EAA AirVenture 2017. This particular BUFF, Ghost Rider, was the first B-52H to be regenerated from long-term storage with the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB) near Tucson in Arizona and returned to fully-operational flying status. Thanks to AirshowStuffVideos for uploading the clip to YouTube. Spoiler alert:  There’s a bonus video down below…

The 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group based at Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker AFB spent 45,000 man-hours over 19 months transforming the mothballed 56-year-old strategic bomber into the 76th operational B-52H for Air Force Global Strike Command. Previously assigned to the 23rd Bomb Squadron (BS) Bomber Barons of the 5th Bomb Wing (BW) at Minot AFB before spending 8 years at AMARG in Type 1000 storage, the freshest BUFF in the fleet is now assigned to the 69th BS Knighthawks of the same 5th BW at Minot once again.

Official US Air Force photograph

Bonus Video:  Bomber Day at EAA AirVenture 2017 featuring both airworthy Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers and a host of other warbirds as well as a Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit and a Rockwell (Boeing) B-1B Bone flying with Ghost Rider!

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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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