U.S. Air Force pilot reaches 9,000 flying hours on the B-52 Stratofortress bomber

Oct 21 2014 - 9 Comments

A U.S. Air Force pilot has celebrated 9,000 flying hours on the B-52.

Lt. Col. Steve Smith, with 93rd Bomb Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, has the most flying hours in the B-52 Stratofortress: on Oct. 8, 2014, he has reached 9,000 flying hours in the iconic strategic bombers.

Smith, achieved the milestone during a flight from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. As the image shows he celebrated the 9,000th flying hour in a “Buff” with a special shoulder patch.

By the way, the next aviator is 2,000 hours behind him.

B-52 9000 FH


  • Ser Arthur Dayne

    Congrats, but Isn’t it boring to fly the same plane for 9000 hours?

    • Andrew Tubbiolo

      Doubtful. For some people the view out the window never gets old. Consider how busy it is flying a BUFF. On top of flying from point A to point B, there’s mid air refuelling, evading air defences, setting up a bombing run, executing a bombing run, low level bombing runs against foes who can shoot back. The list is long, I’ll bet those folks have plenty of in flight entertainment. And …. I’ll bet they still have in flight meal service.

    • C-2Bro

      Probably not as boring as what most people do.

  • I hope you do a follow up article when he reaches 10,000 hours.

  • Spencerhut

    B-52, the 1911 of the flying world.

  • SpicyGarlicWings

    That guy looks like The Six Million Dollar Man! For you young guys, Google it;)

  • RayJay61

    I just saw this, so belatedly send my congratulations to you, Steve. It’s been a long time since we flew together at KMER and KBAD! I retired with only 3000+ B-52 hours, but still remember how much it could hurt flying in that aircraft. I don’t know how you’ve done it, but good on ya!

  • Bill McKay

    While Col Smith’s accomplishment is amazing, it is not a record as stated. Col Gerald L. McKay of the 99th Bomb Wing at Westover AFB logged more than 10,000 hours in a B-52 as aircraft commander with the 99th. He received a plaque for that accomplishment and then went on to log another 2,000-3,000 additional hours at Westover, Walker AFB and Thailand during the 1960’s and 70’s. I know this to be true as I’m his son and we have the plaque.

  • Norm Glitz

    Poor guy.