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