How to Fly a B-52 Stratofortress Bomber

By Jesus Diaz on at

Despite their age — they have been flying since the 1950s — the B-52 Stratofortress is still the backbone of the US Air Force's strategic bombing force. These jet-powered beasts can deliver over 31 tonnes of weapons to any target around the globe. That includes nuclear weapons, of course.

This video shows an entire training mission, from pre-flight checks to aerial refueling. It even includes one of those crazy low pass flybys.

This B-52 belongs to the 96th Bomb Squadron, taking off from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, on April 18, 2012.

U.S. Air Force video by TSgt. Rebecca Zannetti