‘Buff’ lives on and on…

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

Shortly be­fore six vet­eran USAF B-52 Strato­fortresses were de­ployed to RAF Fair­ford on 14-16 March 2019 for an ex­er­cise, the Pen­tagon an­nounced that a Re­quest for Pro­pos­als was to be is­sued to re-en­gine and mod­ernise the B-52H fleet for ser­vice up to or be­yond 2050. Boe­ing’s in­com­pa­ra­ble B-52 first en­tered ser­vice in 1955, the last air­craft, a B-52H, be­ing built in 1962, and now stands likely to reach a cen­tury of USAF op­er­a­tional use. Bids for new en­gines are an­tic­i­pated from Rolls-royce, Gen­eral Elec­tric and Pratt & Whitney: other com­pa­nies are ex­pected to com­pete for the avion­ics, radar and weapons sys­tems up­grades.

B-52H 60-0058 land­ing at RAF Fair­ford on 15 March after its flight from Barks­dale, Louisiana

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