The B-52 Story

The B-52 Story

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Incredibly, the first B-52 flew on 15 April 1952. During the Cold War Strategic Air Command's fleet of B-52s were at a moment's readiness to make a one-way trip to targets in the Soviet Union and the road to perdition, or destruction. SAC's motto was `Peace Is Our Profession' although General Curtis E. LeMay maintained they were already `at war'. The B-52 or `High Altitude Plough' and `Aluminum Overcast' symbolised America's nuclear defence posture in the Cold War with the Soviet Bloc, which became one of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Dr. Strangelove: or, How I learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb appeared in 1963, a searing black comedy featuring B-52s in the leading role. Who can ever forget Slim Pickens astride a nuclear bomb rodeo fashion as it descends from the bomb bay of a B-52! The B-52 has been upgraded many times and has assumed several new roles. Apart from the formidable threat it provided during the `Cold war' it has played a significant part in all US overseas military operations since Vietnam. The more recent include Desert Storm in 1991, the Balkan Conflict, Afghanistan and the liberation of Iraq. The B-52 is still in service around the world and it is predicted that it will continue to do so until 2040.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 126 x 190 x 12mm | 199.58g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0752482823
  • 9780752482828
  • 1,137,300

About Martin W. Bowman

Martin W. Bowman is the author ofmore than80 books on military and commercial aviation, including "The Hercules Story" and "The Hunter Story.""show more

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