A U.S. B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, flies out of RAF Fairford, England, for a Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Sept. 1, 2020.

Air Force B-52s participate in Bomber Task Force in Ukraine

A formation of three B-52H Stratofortress aircraft, assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, depart RAF Fairford, England, to take part in a Bomber Task Force Europe mission over Ukraine on Sep. 4, 2020.

A B-52 Stratofortress, flown by Capt. Will Byers and Maj. Tom Aranda, prepares for refueling over Afghanistan during a close-air-support mission in this undated handout photo.

Why the Air Force's aging fleet of Cold War bombers is the US's best hope against China

Since late January, Air Force B-1B and B-52 bombers, usually operating in pairs, have flown about 20 missions over key waterways, including the South China Sea, the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan

A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 419th Flight Test Squadron takes off from Edwards Air Force Base, California, Aug. 8. The aircraft conducted a captive-carry flight test of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon Instrumented Measurement Vehicle 2 hypersonic prototype at the Point Mugu Sea Range off the Southern California coast.

The Air Force just took a major step towards launching a hypersonic missile from its oldest bomber

The Air Force just took a major step towards fielding a hypersonic weapon with the final captive-carry test of its AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) from a B-52 Stratofortress on Saturday

The Air Force's B-52 bombers are done flying with nuclear bombs

The B-52 bomber, a critical component of the U.S. strategic bomber fleet, is no longer approved to carry nuclear gravity bombs

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The US is sending B-52 bombers to a strategic Middle East hub amid tensions with Iran

The U.S. Air Force is sending six B-52 Stratofortress bombers to Diego Garcia, a military hub that acts as a strategic location for operations in both the Middle East and the Pacific