[Photo Gallery] A B-52 Stratofortress bomber on a Red Flag mission over Las Vegas

Feb 06 2013 - Leave a Comment

The following pictures were taken at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on Jan. 31, 2013.

They show a B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 20th Bomb Squadron, from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, flying a Red Flag sortie from the famous airport located northeast of Sin City.

The B-52 has eight turbojet engines, each capable of producing 17,000 pounds of thrust, with a top speed of 650 miles per hour. They leave long white contrails over Nevada during the training mission.

The B-52 is entering its sixth decade of service. Nevertheless it remains the backbone of the Air Force bomber fleet.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

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