B-52s were one arm of the nuclear deterrent force during the Cold War and were used in the carpet-bombings of North Vietnam.
During the 1991 Gulf War, they dropped 40 percent of the ordnance on Iraq. With airborne refueling, the planes — now fitted to launch cruise missiles as well as drop bombs — can fly around the world. During the first Gulf War, B-52s took off from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, fired missiles a...
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