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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 11992 times:

Does anybody have a list of all the bases that B-52s have been based (aside from temporary deployments) at over the years?

I ask because I've flown over quite a few airports (now civilian or closed) that have that familiar christmas tree at the end of the runway and it has recently sparked my interest.

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User currently offlineJabpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 423 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11823 times:

Barksdale AFB, Louisiana is currently a large home to B-52s.

What do you mean by "that familiar christmas tree at the end of the runway"?

Jeff

User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11803 times:

March AFB was a SAC base for many years and was home to B-52's.

User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11803 times:

Carswell AFB in Ft.Worth TX. was home to a dual wing
B-52 base. Unfortunately it closed in the early 90's.  Sad



I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineTheiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11816 times:

There are a lot of old AFB's that had B-52's at one point or another. In Michigan alone, KI Sawyer and Wurtsmith both were SAC installations with The BUFF's... With Sawyer as one of the last ones deactivated  Sad

Here is a good list for you:
http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/facility/usaf.htm

Minot (ND) and Barksdale (LA) are the only two installations left.

The "Christmas tree" is a large concrete area shaped like a tree, where multiple aircraft could be parked, on alert. They are located at the end of the runway, providing the capability for rapid deployment of multiple aircraft.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/facility/images/usgs_minot_959518-010-3.jpg

[Edited 2003-06-21 19:46:23]

User currently offlinePW4084 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11800 times:

Altus AFB, OK has a christmas tree... I think they just had tankers on alert throughout the cold war. Now it is used to practice C-17 ground operations: backing, combat off-loads and star turns.

PW4084


User currently onlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16877 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 11787 times:

This is a picture of Dover AFB in Delaware, it's home to C-5s. It has something similar to the Christmas tree describe, what was the purpose of the "Christmas trees" at Dover.

Were B-52s ever based there, or were C-5s on alert status?..


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User currently onlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16877 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 11773 times:

B-52 bases..

Loring Maine.

Rome/ Griffis NY

Orlando , current home of MCO.



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User currently offlineC17loadmstr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11772 times:

Didn't Seymour-Johnson AFB in NC have BUFFS in the SAC days?

User currently offlineJohnM From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 11769 times:

The Christmas tree at Dover was for a fighter / intercepter squadon back in the good old days. They were the 95th squadron, as this area of the base is still called the "95th" to this day. They had F-106s and I think possibly F-102s before that, but all this was before my time at Dover. They were gone in 1976 when I got here. The old bunker, or "mole hole" is still there also. The X-mas trees were used for air defense units as well. No alert status for C-5s. They don't fit in the X-mas tree, but some small transient aircraft and the aero club use it today.

User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 11751 times:

Seymor-Johnson did indeeed have B-52's at one time. (I was at Ft Bragg 78-82 and they had them at that time. Of course Pope was 100% C-130's then too.  Smile )

User currently offlineGlobemaster From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 11524 times:

Go to http://www.globemaster.de/html/skyunits.html and search for B-52. You get all B-52 operating units including their home bases.

User currently offlinePW4084 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11451 times:

Hey guys, just wanted to post another former SAC base with a 'christmas tree' alert arrangement: Moses Lake, WA (KMWH)

I don't know if Buffs were based there or not.

PW4084


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