The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is easily the world’s most recognizable bomber aircraft. For over 60 years these massive jets have pummelled enemy war zones with countless bombs. Now squadrons of B-52s from Minot Air Force Base will be deployed to the middle east for the first time in 12 years to combat the forces of ISIS.
“The B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. Updated with modern technology, it can perform a variety of missions and is capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons in the U.S. inventory.”Advertisement
Units from the 23rd Bomb Squadron and 69th Bomb Squadron will be leaving Minot Air Force Base to engage in Operation Inherent Resolve. B-52 bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base will be dismissed from their bombing missions as the units from Minot Air Force Base take their place. The B-52s from Barksdale AFB have been engaging ISIS targets since April 2016 and have dropped nearly 3,500 bombs.
“The B-52s are heavily engaged in bringing the fight to the enemy.”
– Colonel David Ballew (Vice Commander of the 5th Bomb Wing
In the following video clip you can see B-52 bombers from Minot Air Force Base being readied by their crews for their next combat mission against ISIS in the Middle East.