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.”
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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.