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Bomber Basing Question  
User currently offlineCannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1742 times:

Why does the US base its strategic bombers so far from their targets? I understand the need for distance to protect these huge aircraft, but why so far? Bombers are flying out of Fairford in the UK to hit targets in Iraq, and return to the same place. Why not just put them in someplace like Italy or Spain, which seems closer but still makes the bombers unreachable?

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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17593 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

The infastructure and support are already in place at Fairford and Diego Garcia, large bombers like the B-52 needs lots of infastructure to support.

Building brand new bomber support bases are not cheap, Fairford and Diego Garcia were designated B-52 bases many years ago during the Cold war.

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

"If it isn't broken, why fix it?" -relevant cliche


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

The other problem is that because of the outriggers, the B-52 requires a base with wider then standard taxiways.

If you look at the AFD's for some of the airforce bases, you will see that some bases or some location on base airports are banned from B-52 operations.

User currently offlineHamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

I believe another relevant issue is the capability of the paved surfaces to support the weight footprint of the aircraft. If I'm not mistaken, a fully-loaded B-52 carries one of the most significant footprints.

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