April 17, 2018

IMPRESSIVE. MOST IMPRESSIVE. Air Force B-52s shatter Vietnam-era records during two-year ISIS deployment.

According to an April 12 release from U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the 23rd Bomb Squadron from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota last June launched its 400th consecutive B-52 mission without a delay due to maintenance problems.

This broke a B-52 streak that stood since December 1972, when the Air Force carried out 11 days of massive bombing in North Vietnam.

The 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, which arrived in September 2017, then launched 834 straight B-52 missions without any maintenance cancellations.

The ground crews keeping these ancient airframes flying don’t get nearly the respect they deserve.

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