Aviation Photo #2058601 Boeing B-52D Stratofortress - USA - Air Force

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Beautifully displayed near the entrance gate to the U.S. Air Force Academy located just north of Colorado Springs, CO. "Diamond Lil" was in service from October, 1956 until October, 1983. Between 1965 and 1973, B-52s flew over 126,000 combat missions over Southeast Asia. Subsequently they performed in both Operation Desert Storm and the Persian Gulf War.
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    John R. Beckman
    USA - Air Force
    Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
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    Boeing B-52 Stratofortress (464)
    Colorado Springs
    January 20, 2012
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6 years ago
Fun fact regarding "Diamond Lil": this is one of two B-52's which claimed an aerial kill during Vietnam. The tail-gunner targeted and shot down a MiG-21 on Christmas Eve, 1972. Also, the wings have been shortened by several feet on either end due to the high winds along the Front Range, where the Academy is located. Go AF!
6 years ago
I had the pleasure and honor to have not only worked on ( Crew Chief), but fly in this a/c while stationed at Dyess AFB, 1977-'81

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