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U.S. Minot Air Force Base Airmen Work To Keep B-52H BUFF In Good Operational Shape

February 17, 2017

Home of two major wings of the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing, Minot Air Force Base is a strategically important part of the secure handling of components of America’s nuclear weapons. Tucked in Ward County, North Dakota with an underground missile-control facility and missile silos containing nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), Minot AFB is also one of two remaining bases with B-52s. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber, commonly referred to as the BUFF (Big Ugly Fat F*cker).

The primary mission of the 5th Bomb Wing is to maintain and operate B-52H bombers assigned to its bomb squadrons, the backbone of the Global Strike Command (AFGSC). The B-52 has been in active service with the U.S. Air Force since 1955, which makes its maintenance and upgrades all the more important. In this video, a crew of Technical Sergeants works on the maintenance of a B-52H at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.