In The below video The mighty Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, aka the BUFF, from Barksdale AFB pulls some vapor while performing a high-speed flyby at the 2008 Scott AFB Air Show.
It was again given to us by our friends AirShowStuff videos. Aviation fanatics themselves, they’ve caught something we’ve never seen before, at least in person.
Flying faster than you would see it go at an airshow, this B-52 makes a mean left bank. Because of the speed and angle (and many other factors), a neat-looking vapor shield emerges on the top of the wings and fuselage. Add to that those screaming engines and you’ve got an awesome video. Enjoy!
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s. The bomber can carry up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling.
The specifications for a new bomber that eventually became the B-52 were drawn up on November 1945. Still flying today, the Stratofortress is expected to serve well into the 2040s.
B-52s are sent into conflicts for two primary reasons. To intimidate is one of them. If that doesn’t work, they’re there to decimate. With a payload of 70,000 lbs. this bomber is a force to be reckoned with.
Beginning with the successful contract bid in June 1946, the B-52 design evolved from a straight-wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB-52 with eight turbojet engines and swept wings.
The B-52 took its maiden flight in April 1952. Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold War-era deterrence missions, the B-52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B-36.
A veteran of several wars, the B-52 has dropped only conventional munitions in combat. The B-52’s official name Stratofortress is rarely used; informally, the aircraft has become commonly referred to as the BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fucker).