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B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:31 am

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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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:04 am

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
 
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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:27 am

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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:29 am

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

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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:49 am

Loring Maine, closest SAC bomber base to the USSR.
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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:54 am

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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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:41 am

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

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

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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:43 am

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.
 
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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:11 am

What about "Dicky Goobers"?

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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:51 pm

Clionton-Sherman AFB in Clinton Oklahoma was a Buff base back in the sixtys
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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:53 pm

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

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

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RE: B-52 Bases

Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:23 pm

In the UK Greenham Common, Fairford and Brize Norton all had bombers on rotation, allso before the BUFF area.
 
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RE: B-52 Bases

Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:15 am

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.
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RE: B-52 Bases

Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:04 am

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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