B-52 Stratofortress bombers prepare to pound ISIS

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off during Exercise Combat Hammer at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 9, 2016. Combat Hammer, a week-long air-to-ground combat training exercise, allows exercise evaluators to assess the employment of various munitions used by the B-52 from storage through impact.

The "Buff" may soon start pounding Daesh.

The U.S. Air Force is sending the B-52 Stratofortress bomber to drop bombs on ISIS beginning beginning next month. The Buffs (Big Ugly Fat Fellas) would be headed to the Central Command area of operations to replace the B-1 Lancers, the last of those returned stateside in January, after a 6-month deployment worth 3,800 munitions on 3,700 targets in 490 sorties. The B-1s could return to the Mideast this summer after they receive ...

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