New B-52H Squadron in North Dakota

Air Force plans to create fourth B-52 squadron at Minot by 2010

The Air Force will stand up a fourth operational B-52 squadron, likely at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., by late 2009 or early 2010, according to Air Combat Command…The Air Force needs the planned force of 76 B-52 bombers for its nuclear mission and to support combatant commanders, she said.

If the squadron comes to Minot, it will raise the total of Stratofortresses based there to 22.

Where are these 10 additional planes coming from? Training squadrons or reserve? New builds?

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)

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)

Note: The “new builds” comment was a joke…

Comments

  1. There are probably 10 Buffs on display around the country that could be recalled to active duty and rebuilt to H standards.
    That might be a usefull approach.

  2. What about the Boneyard- er, I mean, the AMARG? Google Earth shows quite a few un-chopped Buffs sitting out there. Some of them might even be H-models.

  3. This is just messed up. Those poor dumb SOB’s I lost at least a decade in one year of N.D. “life”….At least Siberia has ice-cream.

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