The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles without aerial refueling.

The B-52 has been in active service with the USAF since 1955. As of December 2015, 58 were in active service with 18 in reserve. The bombers flew under the Strategic Air Command until it was disestablished in 1992 and its aircraft absorbed into the Air Combat Command. The B-52 completed sixty years of continuous service with its original operator in 2015. After being upgraded between 2013 and 2015, it is expected to serve into the 2040s.

The B-52 shared many technological similarities with the preceding Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber. The two aircraft used the same basic design, such as swept wings and podded jet engines, and the cabin included the crew ejection systems. On the B-52D, the pilots and electronic countermeasures operator ejected upwards, while the lower deck crew ejected downwards; until the B-52G, the gunner had to jettison the tail gun to bail out.

When the B-52 entered into service, the Strategic Air Command intended to use it to deter and counteract the vast and modernizing Soviet military. As the Soviet Union increased its nuclear capabilities, destroying or “countering” the forces that would deliver nuclear strike became of great strategic importance.

After Vietnam the experience of operations in a hostile air defense environment was taken into account. Due to this B-52s were modernized with new weapons, equipment and both offensive and defensive avionics. This and the use of low-level tactics marked a major shift in the B-52’s utility.

The B-52 contributed to Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001, providing the ability to loiter high above the battlefield and provide Close Air Support through the use of precision guided munitions, a mission which previously would have been restricted to fighter and ground attack aircraft. In late 2001, ten B-52s dropped a third of the bomb tonnage in Afghanistan. B-52s also played a role in Operation Iraqi Freedom, which commenced on 20 March 2003. On the night of 21 March 2003, B-52Hs launched at least one hundred AGM-86C CALCMs at targets within Iraq.

On 9 April 2016, an undisclosed number of B-52s arrived at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, part of the Military intervention against ISIL. The B-52s took over heavy bombing after B-1 Lancers that had been conducting airstrikes rotated out of the region in January 2016. In April 2016, B-52s arrived in Afghanistan to take part in the War in Afghanistan (2015–present) and began operations in July, proving its flexibility and precision carrying out close-air support missions.

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The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

U.S. Air Force photo 060202-F-6809H-100. A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52H Stratofortress of the 2d Bomb Wing static display with weapons, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana (USA), in 2006.

The B-52 wasn’t created to be “green.” It was built to win wars and break things.

BINGO is not played in enemy territory. This image comes to mind when someone calls out “B-52” and the Bingo hall empties!

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I’m proud to present here my new summer issue, 2017. Actually this is issue number twenty-one. Publishing this paper on a quarterly basis means we are entering our fifth year of publication.

Will there be a twenty-second issue? Only God knows that for sure. I work on each issue like it will be my last. From the beginning my goal has been to make each new issue better than the last. If I meet that goal, then theoretically, the current issue is the best in relation to content and design. Advertising revenue has never impacted content or design (budget has reduced my pages from twelve to eight on occasion).

Famous From Missouri

Ralph Foster built a grand radio station back in the 1930s that is still listened to today. Foster believed an ideal station would reach every “deer lick, rabbit warren, and hawg waller” in the Ozarks. I believe he succeeded. In addition to the radio station, there is an awesome museum located on the campus of the College of the Ozarks that displays much of Foster’s collections. It has been described as “the Smithsonian of the Ozarks.”

Senior Aviation

The Boeing B-52 is an American long-range jet-powered strategic bomber. It was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support. The B-52 has been in continual service since 1955. Because of its command of the skies and its ability to completely overwhelm the enemy, some have appropriately labeled the B-52 Chief Executive Officer.

Senior Music

Lawrence Welk was not only a musical and financial success, he was a man of profound faith who never missed a chance to go to daily Mass. Long after his death, Welk’s business and faith legacy continue through the many enterprises he founded. Dr. Lance Richey, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN, has supplied a splendid article on the popular music maker.

Branson Beat

Wes Johnson, columnist for the Springfield News-Leader, granted us permission to use his interesting article on hiking the trail at Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area.

You’ll remember Henning was the creator of television hits like “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Petticoat Junction,” and “Green Acres.” The Hennings owned 1,334 acres near Branson before selling part and donating part to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Finding Inspiration in Art

Georges-Pierre Seurat was a French post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. He is noted for his innovated use of colors. Perhaps his most famous work, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, occupies an entire wall in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Senior Moments Book Review

When Bob Greene went home to central Ohio to be with his dying father, it set off a chain of events that led him to knowing his dad in a way he never had before—thanks to a quiet man who lived just a few miles away, a man who had changed the history of the world. You might enjoy reading DUTY—A father, his son, and the man who won the war.

Honoring All Who Served

Again we draw attention to the incarcerated Veterans who have served this country and then fell afoul with the justice system. Veterans for Common Sense estimates about 140,000 Veterans are held in federal and state prisons nationwide.

Resolve to be Ready!

So how would you communicate with your family or get help when the grid goes down? During the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, cell towers fell, broadcast stations were off the air, and the voices of a great city fell silent.

Ham radio (amateur radio) is the go-to communication system for pretty much everything emergency. Because ham radios can reach the national weather system, you can find out what’s going on in your area.

There are many fine Ham clubs here in the Ozarks and it takes only a quick Internet search to find one close to you.

I hope you enjoy this summer issue of Senior Moments Newspaper. Enjoy the summer and if the Lord permits, we’ll return in this fall.


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