BSC1841766070 - B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat 1955-73

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Osprey Combat Aircraft 43- B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat 1955-73

By Jon Lake
Published by Osprey Publishing


Designed to form the backbone of Strategic Air Command’s nuclear deterrent, the B-52 performed vital Cold War service by standing ready to fly atomic strikes against the USSR, using a succession of ever more devastating weapons. In 1956, Stratofortresses were deployed to Southeast Asia, where they formed the backbone of the USAF’s bombing campaign in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The aircraft first saw combat over the jungles of Vietnam during Operation Arc Light in June 1965, and it remained in action, flying from bases in the Pacific, through until the brief yet bloodly Linebacker II offensive in late 1972. The first B-52s deployed to the region were B-models, but the first variant to see combat service was the superb B-52F. These aircraft were eventually replaced by B-52Ds with the Big Belly modification, which dramatically increased the type’s conventional bombload, while a handful of short-tail B-52G saw service in Vietnam in 1972-73. This book is the first of three B-52 titles planned for the Combat Aircraft series.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 14 July, 2009.

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