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The B-52 Stratofortress: How Much Do You Know About this Ark-La-Tex Beast? [VIDEO]

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We see these guys overhead and they are the hometown favorite of the Defenders of Liberty Air Show. So let’s test your knowledge.

I’ll never forget the first time I heard a B-52 taking off from Barksdale Air Force Base. With no prior knowledge or warning, I would have thought the world was ending. However, the earth-splitting rumble and the familiar whistle of the engines are easily the sound of freedom to anyone who lives in the Ark-La-Tex. To those who live close to base, it a comforting thing to hear, even in the wee hours of the morning during night week. The B-52 is as much a neighbor in this area as the people who inhabit the buildings next to us.

So how well do you know your neighbor?

The U.S. Air Force Central Command just released a short video detailing some of the most jaw-dropping facts about the B-52, or what those familiar with this beast call “The Buff.” With the Buff in heavy use during Operation Inherent Resolve for almost a year, a new generation of eyes have been on this aircraft. Yes, a new generation. The B-52 has been in operation for more than 50 years. It’s size, range and carrying capacity make it one of the most invaluable and irreplaceable weapons in our military.

Warning, this video may make you curse in awe…

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