The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range jet-powered subsonic stategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, who have continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the USAF since the 1950's. The bomber carries up to 70,000 pounds of weapons.
Throughtout the Cold War, B-52's performed airborne alert patrols under code names such as "Head Star", "Chrome Dome", "Round Robin" and "Giant Lance". Bombers loitered at high altitude near points outside the Soviet Union to provide rapid strike or retaliationcapabilities in case of nuclear war. This was part of the role of deterent to the Soviet Union via the concept of "Mutual Assured Destruction". The B-52's have been upgraded and will continue to serve into the 2040's
This is dedicated to a friend and co-worker who was a pilot of B-52's in the early 70's.
My composition is denoting Operation Chrome Dome in March, 1960, southern Spain / Italy area.
AC is a download from SimV for FSX and BG from mayyang.com.