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B-52 Stratofortress: The Complete History of the World's Longest Serving and Best Known Bomber

 (B-52 Stratofortress: The Complete History of the World's Longest Serving and Best Known)
The B-52 is the longest serving and most versatile of the United States Air Force's combat aircraft. The Stratofortress entered active service in 1955 and is scheduled to continue as part of the air force's inventory through 2040. The jet-powered bomber was a mainstay of America's Cold War nuclear-deterrent strategy, providing air power that balanced the land and sea military forces. The massive plane also served as the launch platform for the experimental X-15 hypersonic rocket aircraft. Due to its versatility as an aircraft, the B-52 has seen combat service in all of America's military conflicts since it came on active duty: Vietnam, the first and second Gulf wars, and the War in Afghanistan. B-52 Stratofortress also covers every aspect of the aircraft's development, manufacture, and modification. These technical details set the stage for its military service, starting with its role as a nuclear bomber in the Cold War even though only conventional weapons have been used during its combat duty. The airplane’s service in key campaigns in Vietnam is covered, followed by the quieter years after it. The B-52 returned to prominence in the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, taking part in massive bombing campaigns in both conflicts. Finally, the book ends with the constant  upgrades that ...

Stratofortress: The Story of the B-52

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Boeing's mighty B-52 Stratofortress has seen continuous operational service with the United States Air Force since the type was introduced in 1957. The aircraft has been upgraded several times and has assumed many different new roles since it was originally conceived and then provided the key airborne platform for America's strategic nuclear force. It is predicted that it will serve as a front-line aircraft until 2040.Apart from the formidable threat it provided during the long years of the 'Cold War', the aircraft has played a significant part in all US overseas operations since Vietnam. The more recent include Desert Storm in 1991, the Balkan conflict, Afghanistan and the liberation of Iraq. Over 700 were built and around 80 remain in service. This book includes chapters on Concept Requirement, Design and Development, Production, Evolution and Variant Models, Operational Tasking, Operational History (with first-hand accounts from crews), Weapons and Equipment Carried, Flying the Aircraft and Current Service Operations. t will be highly illustrated with many original shots taken aboard B-52s, together with archive material and also color profiles.

B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat 1955–73 (Combat Aircraft)

 (B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat 1955–73 (Combat)
Designed to form the backbone of Strategic Air Command's nuclear deterrent, the B-52 force was brought to higher states of readiness whenever crisis threatened the USA, most notably when Kennedy and Khruschev went eyeball-to-eyeball over Cuba. Soon afterwards, B-52s formed the backbone of the USAF's bombing campaign in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. This book follows the story of the B-52 from its genesis to its first combat missions in June 1965 and through to the briefly sustained but bloodily fought Linebacker II offensive in late 1972. Even after the withdrawal of US forces in 1973, B-52s remained in-theatre, flying training missions mainly from Guam.

B-52 Stratofortress: Boeing's Iconic Bomber from 1952 to the Present (Legends of Warfare: Aviation)

 (B-52 Stratofortress: Boeing's Iconic Bomber from 1952 to the Present (Legends of Warfare:)
One of America's most famous aircraft, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress continues to form the backbone of the US nuclear deterrent, and it has also become the nation's principle heavy tactical bomber. It has filled this role since the the early years of the Cold War, the heavy bombing raids during the Vietnam War, and recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. The history of this iconic aircraft is presented through carefully researched photos, many of which have never before been published. Its design and development during the post-WWII years, through the many modifications and upgrades up to the present day are covered in detail. Large, clear photos, coupled with descriptive and informative captions, put the reader on the airfield and in the sky with this historic aircraft. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.

B-52 Stratofortress vs SA-2 "Guideline" SAM: Vietnam 1972–73 (Duel Book 89)

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Ever since its introduction in the late 1950s, the B-52 Stratofortress has been the United States' primary heavy bomber and a powerful symbol of its immense military might. Its powerful electronic countermeasures equipment (ECM) was thought to make the B-52 immune to ground-to-air missile attack, but in Vietnam, and later conflicts such as Operation Desert Storm in 1991, it came up against the Soviet-designed SA-2 SAM which used heavy salvoes of missiles to bring down the bombers.The losses of several of its most feared, powerful and supposedly invincible bombers per night to a torrent of Soviet missiles during the closing stages of the Vietnam War was sobering to Americans, but the B-52s' crushing attacks virtually eliminated North Vietnam's defences and forced a peace settlement. This fascinating book analyses the roles of the SA-2 operators and the B-52 Electronic Warfare Officers (EWOs) using specially commissioned artwork as well as first-hand accounts, and traces the cat-and-mouse tactics that each side employed.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress: 1952 onwards (all marks) (Owners' Workshop Manual)

 (Boeing B-52 Stratofortress: 1952 onwards (all marks) (Owners' Workshop)
The eight-engine Boeing B-52 Stratofortress jet was the USA’s first long-range, swept-wing heavy bomber. It began life as an intercontinental, high-altitude Cold War nuclear bomber. With each new variant the B-52 increased in range, power and capability, seeing active service in the Vietnam War, both Gulf Wars of 1991 and 2003, and over Afghanistan in 2001. Author Steve Davies recalls its combat history, gets up close to look under the skin of the B-52, and talks to the flight crews and maintainers of this legendary aircraft.

B-52 Stratofortress Units In Operation Desert Storm (Combat Aircraft 50)

 (B-52 Stratofortress Units In Operation Desert Storm (Combat Aircraft)
With the ending of the Cold War (1946-1991), the B-52's traditional combat role became redundant, and the USAF looked for new ways to use the machine. The invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in August 1990 gave the B-52 the chance to prove its worth in the new world order, and Stratofortress crews flying the B-52G seized the opportunity with both hands. This book explains how, flying from bases in the Indian Ocean, Britain, Spain and Saudi Arabia, the B-52G was at the forefront of the campaign to free Kuwait of Saddam's forces and dropped the first bombs of Operation Desert Storm (1990-1991).

B-52 Stratofortress Illustrated

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The first thing to know about the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is that it is a remarkable airplane for many reasons, not the least of which is its longevity. The first flight of the B-52 was in 1955 and the production line shut down in 1962 after cranking out 742 bombers in 8 different models. Sixty years later, the B-52 is still flying, and plans are to keep it flying for several more years. Of course, the B-52 of today is not your Grandfather’s B-52. (Think about that! At least three generations of USAF pilots have flown the B-52!) This is a chronicle of the remarkable career of the B-52, illustrated with dozens of photos.

The Stratofortess Catalog: Tail Numbers: 55-0059 to 56-0612 (The Stratofortress Catalog)

 (The Stratofortess Catalog: Tail Numbers: 55-0059 to 56-0612 (The Stratofortress)
The second book in a series cataloging the operational history of the Boeing B-52 bomber.

B-52 Stratofortress : Boeing's Iconic Bomber from 1952 to the Present

B-52 Stratofortress Bomber (B-52 Stratofortress : Boeing's Iconic Bomber from 1952 to the)

1950s Three B-52 Stratofortress Bomber Airplanes In Flight Formation As Seen From The Ground Directly Over Head Print By

B-52 Stratofortress Bomber (1950s Three B-52 Stratofortress Bomber Airplanes In Flight Formation As Seen From The Ground Directly Over Head Print)

August 22 2006 - Captain performs a walk-around inspection of a B-52 Stratofortress bomber at Minot Air Force Base North Dakota Poster Print

B-52 Stratofortress Bomber (August 22 2006 - Captain performs a walk-around inspection of a B-52 Stratofortress bomber at Minot Air Force Base North Dakota Poster)

Caracal Decals 1/144 BOEING B-52H STRATOFORTRESS Strategic Bomber

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Caracal Decals 1/72 BOEING B-52H STRATOFORTRESS Strategic Bomber

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Monogram B-52 Stratofortress Bomber Huge 1/72 Scale Model New Sealed USAF 8292

B-52 Stratofortress Bomber (Monogram B-52 Stratofortress Bomber Huge 1/72 Scale Model New Sealed USAF)
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