U.S. Air Pressure image by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle
The U.S. Air Power has returned a B-52 bomber retired eleven yrs in the past to lively obligation assistance, only the 2nd time in historical past that has happened. The bomber, nicknamed “Wise Dude,” was brought out of storage at the plane “Boneyard” in Arizona, refurbished, and returned to support at Barksdale, Louisiana. The bomber could conveniently shell out an additional two or three decades on energetic duty.
“Wise Guy”, a B-52H bomber, was retired in 2008 and sent to the 309th Aerospace Upkeep and Regeneration Team at Davis-Monathan Air Force Base in Arizona. The facility, recognized as “the Boneyard”, is house to more than 4,000 army plane in several states of storage. The hot, dry air of the southwestern desert prevents saved aircraft from building rust or other corrosion troubles. Some plane are stored for speedy recall, whilst other individuals are in items and slowly but surely stripped of components to assistance energetic obligation planes.
Clever Male was saved for a relatively rapid return to service if wanted. The War Zone blog site states that the bomber will exchange a B-52H that crashed and burned in 2015 at Andersen Air Pressure Base, on the island of Guam. Bringing the bomber back from Arizona will raise the B-52 fleet back to the sought after variety of 76 plane.
According to a neighborhood Baton Rouge, Louisiana information report, the bomber is destined for the 307th Bomb Wing, an Air Power Reserve device that flies the two the B-1B and B-52 bombers.
Not all B-52s are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, but it appears Sensible Guy will work in the nuclear job. The report states that the 307th consists of “nuclear accredited battle squadrons”, and the B-1B no for a longer time carries nuclear weapons. A modern Federation of American Researchers report says the B-52H no longer carries nuclear gravity bombs but still carries the Air Released Cruise Missile armed with the W80-1 thermonuclear warhead. The W80-1 has a variable generate of 5 or 150 kilotons’ explosive power.
According to The War Zone the bomber was flown back from Arizona to Louisiana with the identical MT tail code that it had when retired in Minot Air Drive Base in 2008. The aircraft missed some upgrades in the eleven years it has been out of assistance and will need to be brought to the newest configuration in advance of likely again on to lively duty. The bomber also sported some graffiti still left powering by the preceding crew or maintainers when the giant bomber was retired.
“Wise Guy” is only the next B-52H at any time introduced back into service, with “Ghost Rider” leaving the Boneyard and becoming a member of the 307th Wing in 2015. An believed dozen or so B-52Hs continue being in Arizona, prepared for re-enlistment if essential.