Watch a U.S. B-52 blow up Daesh Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices and their storage facitilities in Iraq

Buff at work in Iraq.

Six B-52s are currently deployed to Al Udeid, Qatar, to support Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

The aircraft have replaced the B-1s, that have returned stateside for upgrades and are expected to perform a new tour of duty in the Middle East by the end of the year.

The Stratofortress bombers have launched their first air strike against ISIS on Apr. 18 (targeting a Daesh weapons storage facility in Qayyarah, Iraq). Since then, the B-52s have carried out the same kind of missions the B-1s flew in theater before they were relieved by the Buffs: mainly Close Air Support and Air Interdiction delivering a wide variety of PGMs (Precision Guided Munitions), including JDAMs.

The following video was filmed on April 29 where the B-52s attacked multiple vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) and their storage facilities near Kirkuk, Iraq, to deny safe havens and disrupt terrorist operations.

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  1. David Cenciotti: The B-52 is not referred to as the “Buff.” The acronym BUFF was affectionately given to the HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant helicopter and stands for Big Ugly Friendly Fellow or a sustituted “F” word. The B-52 is the BUF or Big Ugly Fellow.

    • Nope. “Big Ugly Fat Fellow (or Fucker, if you prefer) ;P
      Like the A-7 was the SLUF

    • In today’s Air Force, the B-52 is commonly referred to as the BUFF. It’s a stupid nickname to hang on the B-52, it’s not fat or ugly. “Ugly” is total opinion but if you look at the length of the fuselage and wings compared to their width, there is no way that the B-52 can be reasonably referred to as “fat”.

    • Earl Tilford: The B-52 has been referred to as the BUFF since the Viettnam War. And it stands for “Bug Ugly Fat F–ker”. In fact in his book, “Boeing B-52: A Documentary History” written in 1981, Walter Boyne states in the second paragraph of the Intro (page 9): “This huge, angular, eight engine aircraft, affectionately called the BUFF. . .”. I don’t know what planet you’ve been living on but if there’s one thing people DO know about the B-52 it’s that it’s nickname is the BUFF. And the nickname for the CH-53 is “The Shitter”.

    • Not supposed to be any? How does one dictate that there will not be any? That would be a neat trick.

      • My thought is if you’re hitting caches of explosives for VBIEDs you’re going to get secondaries but here I’m not seeing them so either I missed them or there weren’t any or maybe there weren’t any explosives there, I don’t know I’m not there. I’m not trying to make assumptions on what should or should not happen.

    • The third and fourth clearly hit something big. That being said, a typical car sized VBIED detonation would get lost in the primary from a 500lb’er. A 1000 or 2000lb bomb would overwhelm and smother the blast from a small VBIED. Those catastrophic explosions you’ve seen in some videos aren’t indicative of what’s normal. I saw the main gun on M1’s incapacitate VBIEDs without setting off their cargo on a couple of occasions.

      There’s also the possibility that there wasn’t a VBIED in some of those garages. It’s still a valid target to remove that haven/workshop.

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