Here Comes BUFFy by Barrie Woodward

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Boeing B-52 Statofortress. 60 years since the first B-52 flight and is expected to serve in to the 2040’s.

In 1991 the B52 flew 1,620 sorties during Operation Desert Storm.

A flight of B52-G’s took off from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana on 16 January 1991 and with mid air refelling flew a 35 hour non stop round trip over 14,000 miles to deliver their payloads on Iraq. In doing so they broke a record previously set by Vulcan Bombers during the Falklands War.

A number of B-52’s operated out of RAF Fairford during Desert Storm. This B-52H is on final approach at RAF Fairford during RIAT 2010

Sony DSC-HX1

My pictures are taken with a Sony DSC-HX1. What you see is pretty much what comes from the memory card, with maybe a touch of rotation and or cropping.
I probably wouldn’t be taking so many pictures if it weren’t for the camera. It has been worth every penny as it has captured some great memories since I got it in 2009.
Feel free to comment on any of the pictures. I’m all for learning how to improve.

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  • fototaker
    fototakeralmost 3 years ago

    wow! what an amazing and great image this is!! yes, i know about the flights being in-theater at the time. many jokes we had about that. the next time we meet i’ll share them with you! maybe by that time the Travis AFB air museum will be outside the gate so i can take you there!

  • Would have been better if it was closer. But there was a truck at the end of the runway which partially obscured the BUFF as she got closer. I think whilst the US Air Force Reserve Command are having a B-52H on static display at RIAT this year, for the 2nd year running, there will be no flyer. A shame. It’s 60 years since the first flight of the B-52 and it would be nice to see the B-52 take off, display and land at Fairford in the year that the UK commemorates another 60th – the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.
    Until I just looked now, I didn’t realise Travis was so close to San Francisco.

    – Barrie Woodward

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 3 years ago

    Great shot. Ted

  • Thanks

    – Barrie Woodward

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsalmost 3 years ago

    Great capture. Never seen one but would love to.

  • When I first started going to RIAT at RAF Fairford, they would have two there, one on static display and one that would depart from RIAT early on the sunday morning, fly out to do a display in Spain before returning to display and land back at Fairford. 2007 was probably a highlight when the B52 and B-1B flew together. In 2009, the B-52 returned to Fairford and passed directly over the Vulcan as it waited to depart and display. After completing it’s display the Vulcan landed and the pair of them then taxied down the length of the runway. An amazing sight, sadly before I had a decent camera.

    – Barrie Woodward

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