Duce50boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5112 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
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.
Tnsaf From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4733 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.