In many ways, the history of the B-52 is the history of the Cold War. Its role and mission are intertwined with the grim face of the nuclear age. This is the story of the B-52 Stratofortress, the Strategic Air Command's "Long Rifle."

A thundering takeoff in the early days of SAC. To read about the Stratofortress, just click on the photos as you go through the presentation. Behind each you will find a chapter on the venerable BUFF and its history. You may select different sections by clicking on one after another of the mission tallies (the small bomb shapes in the window below).

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