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User currently offlineRampRat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1523 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5040 times:

So what were the B-52 bases since the 50's? I know most of them, but there are probably a lot more.

I know these are the only two right now.

Minot
Barksdale

These are the ones I know had them in the past.

Fairchild
Carswell
Castle
Griffiss
McCoy
Mather
Offutt

So what are the other ones? Was there any permanent bases outside the US?

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User currently offlineDuce50boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5033 times:

Stateside Beale, Travis, K.I. Sawyer, Grand Forks, March, and IIRC Malstrom AFBs come to mind. O-CONUS, Andersen and Fairford used to be BUFF bases. As well as one in libya, don't remember what that garden spot was called

User currently offlineVzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5024 times:

There's a list here:
http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/facility/usaf.htm



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5364 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5023 times:

Quoting Duce50boom (Reply 1):
As well as one in libya, don't remember what that garden spot was called

Wheelus



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16820 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5011 times:

Loring Maine, closest SAC bomber base to the USSR.


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User currently offlineGhostbase From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 354 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5012 times:

Quoting Duce50boom (Reply 1):
and Fairford used to be BUFF bases

Being a bit picky here but RAF Fairford has never been a permanent BUFF base ie. there has never been an operational B-52 Wing or Squadron permanently allocated to it. Not sure what the correct term is - Forward Operating Base or Location - but we do see BUFFs here when there is a conflict in the Balkans or the Middle East for example.

Was going to say that the only SAC bombers that have been based in the UK were the B-47 Stratojets however they were on rotation from the US as well, just on a much longer term basis.

U-Tapao in Thailand was another temporary operating location.

There was a Kincheloe AFB in Michigan, perhaps that was renamed?

Technically Edwards might count as they have had the NB-52B for many years, only just been replaced.



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User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2300 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4981 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 4):
Loring Maine, closest SAC bomber base to the USSR

Yes, and the nearest town was in a foreign country!

Moose



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User currently offlineTheiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4979 times:

There was a Kincheloe AFB in Michigan, perhaps that was renamed?
Kincheloe was closed in the late 1970's

You can also add Plattsburgh and Wurtsmith to your list... and Pease, way back when.


User currently offlineUSAFMXOfficer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4967 times:

What about "Dicky Goobers"?

I.E. Richards Gebaur AFB



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User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4879 times:

Clionton-Sherman AFB in Clinton Oklahoma was a Buff base back in the sixtys


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User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4877 times:

Quoting RampRat74 (Thread starter):
Was there any permanent bases outside the US?

Moron,Spain.24 B-52 at one time.

Mike



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User currently offlineContact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4743 times:

In the UK Greenham Common, Fairford and Brize Norton all had bombers on rotation, allso before the BUFF area.

User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4705 times:

Wright-Patterson had B-52s based there for a while in the 60s I think. They also had alert fighters, the alert hangars are still there, used by the aero club now.

I think Bergstrom AFB in Austin also had something SAC related based there at one point.

I don't know what it was originally called, but the Wilmington Airport (KILN) was a SAC base before Airborne Express bought it.


User currently offlineTnsaf From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

I think there were a number of forward bases in Canada that were home to the B-47, but not on a permanent basis. I don't now if the B-52 also used them. If you go to Churchill, Manitoba there is an abandoned "scramble pad" at the south end of the field that was set up for SAC.

I believe there was also one at CFB Namao outside of Edmonton. For years they used to run the aircrew land survival course out of it. It was actually called the SAC site.

It would be interesting to know if and when aircraft deployed there.



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