Feb 18, 2015

USAF to return mothballed B-52 bomber to active service

The USAF is returning to service a Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft that had been mothballed in the 'boneyard' at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona.
The aircraft, serial number 61-0007, had been maintained by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) in '1000-type storage', meaning that it is maintained in the highest state of preservation.
After six years in the boneyard, the air force decided it should be returned to active service so as to maintain its 76-strong B-52H fleet following a mishap at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana in 2014 that left a B-52 severely damaged.
Following repair and modification work, the aircraft will be returned to the active fleet in mid-2016.

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