The nation’s fleet of B-52 bombers would be fully funded and in store for repairs and upgrades under the Air Force’s “unfunded priority list” for fiscal year 2009.
Some $183.1 million would maintain the B-52 fleet, mostly at Barksdale Air Force Base here, according to the just-released document sent to Congress to help it decide how much to invest in military programs and what priorities the Pentagon would pursue if more federal dollars become available.
“It is critical for the United States to have a robust long-range strike system like the B-52,” said Col. Ed Walker, commander of the Air Force Reserve’s 917th Wing at Barksdale, which has both B-52 bombers and the A-10 Thunderbolt II, another airplane that would benefit under the request.
Murdoc’s for anything that benefits B-52s and A-10s.
A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft sits on the flightline to be prepped for flight by its crew on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 8, 2007. The base experienced low visibility, sub below temperatures and gusts of wind up to 50 knots. (U.S. Ai r Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Boitz)