B-52 Stratofortress Units In Combat 1955-73

Overview

Designed to form the backbone of Strategic Air Command’s nuclear deterrent, the B-52 force was brought to higher states of readiness whenever crisis threatened the USA, most notably when Kennedy and Khruschev went eyeball-to-eyeball over Cuba. Soon afterwards, B-52s formed the backbone of the USAF’s bombing campaign in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. This book follows the story of the B-52 from its genesis to its first combat missions in June 1965 and through to the briefly sustained but bloodily fought Linebacker II...
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Overview

Designed to form the backbone of Strategic Air Command’s nuclear deterrent, the B-52 force was brought to higher states of readiness whenever crisis threatened the USA, most notably when Kennedy and Khruschev went eyeball-to-eyeball over Cuba. Soon afterwards, B-52s formed the backbone of the USAF’s bombing campaign in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. This book follows the story of the B-52 from its genesis to its first combat missions in June 1965 and through to the briefly sustained but bloodily fought Linebacker II offensive in late 1972. Even after the withdrawal of US forces in 1973, B-52s remained in-theatre, flying training missions mainly from Guam.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841766072
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Combat Aircraft Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Lake’s most recent work for Osprey was the Combat Aircraft 35: ‘Lancaster Squadrons 1939-45’. Jon Lake is one of Britain’s leading journalists and historians, and secretary of the Freelance Aviation Journalists Association.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Genesis of the B-52 6
Chapter 2 Atom Bomber--Cold War to Cuba 14
Chapter 3 South Bay to Sun Bath 20
Chapter 4 Big Belly B-52D Joins Arc Light 29
Chapter 5 Arc Light Continues 47
Chapter 6 Freedom Train and Linebacker 53
Chapter 7 Linebacker II 63
Chapter 8 An Uneasy Peace 75
Appendices 80
Colour Plates Commentary 89
Index 96
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