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