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An unarmed AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missile is released from a B-52H Stratofortress Sept. 22, 2014, over the Utah Test and Training Range during a Nuclear Weapons System Evaluation Program sortie. Conducted by Airmen from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., the launch was part of an end-to-end operational evaluation of 8th Air Force and Task Force 204’s ability to pull an ALCM from storage, load it aboard an aircraft, execute a simulated combat mission tasking and successfully deliver the weapon from the aircraft to its final target. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roidan Carlson) Air-launched cruise missile passes tests
Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircrews recently tested three unarmed AGM-86B air-launched cruise missiles, demonstrating the bomber force’s ability to configure, load, fly and deliver the nation’s only nuclear cruise missile. The B-52H aircrews departed Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, for the Utah Test and Training Range, about 80 miles west
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A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) prepare to take off from the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct 30, 2016, during exercise Global Thunder 17. AFGSC supports U.S. Strategic Command's (USSTRATCOM) global strike and nuclear deterrence missions by providing strategic assets, including bombers like the B-52 and B-2, to ensure a safe, secure, effective and ready deterrent force. Global Thunder is an annual training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Kin) The force behind the bombers of Global Thunder 17
The 608th Strategic Operations Squadron and Task Force 204 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., provide the behind-the-scenes connectivity that support the nuclear bomber and reconnaissance generations for exercise Global Thunder 17.
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2016
Lt. Col. Jeremy Holmes, 69th Bomb Squadron commander, peers out a window of the B-52H Stratofortress Ghost Rider at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. In 2008, Ghost Rider was sent to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka Boneyard, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and has spent the last year at both Barksdale AFB, La. and Tinker AFB, Okla., undergoing equipment transfers of usable equipment and undergoing inspections and corrective maintenance actions to ensure its airworthiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong) Out of the Boneyard, Into the Fight: Ghost Rider Flies Again
He said it was something he never thought he’d see again. The B-52H Stratofortress screamed across the blue North Dakota sky above Minot Air Force Base before coming in to land.“I saw it at the boneyard and figured that’s the end of that era,” said Robert Crane, 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight chief. “She’s never going to
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2016
A film crew for the CBS show 60 Minutes sets the stage for an interview with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard M. Clark, Eighth Air Force commander, at the B-52 weapons load trainer on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 8, 2016. Clark highlighted B-52 capabilities, including air launch cruise missiles (the aircraft's nuclear long-range standoff weapon). A single B-52 can carry up to 20 air launch cruise missiles within its internal bomb bay and on its wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Stuart Bright) General Clark talks bomber leg of triad with CBS 60 Minutes

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2016
A B-52 Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D. receives fuel from a 305th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. during Polar Roar, a strategic deterrence exercise, in the skies near the North Pole, July 31. The B-52 received 70 thousand pounds of fuel from the KC-10 during the refueling. Tankers enable long-range bomber capability during Polar Roar
Mobility Airmen play a vital role in deterrence and stand ready to operate in support of global operations at a moment’s notice. Air Mobility Command Airmen, 15 KC-135 Stratotankers and 10 KC-10 Extenders enabled Air Force Global Strike Command B-52s and B-2s to sustain air operations for more than 20 hours during ‪Polar Roar July 31, 2016. Through
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2016
For the first time in 10 years, B-1B Lancer aircraft will replace the B-52 Stratofortress aircraft in support of U.S. Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence mission. This forward deployed presence demonstrates continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) B-1s to replace B-52s during routine bomber presence rotation
The B-1B Lancers are scheduled to deploy to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 6 for the first time since April 2006 in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission.
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