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In 2015, B-52 Bombers Flew Thousands of Miles to Carpet Bomb Mock Targets

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They might be old, but they can kill.

In 2015, B-52 Bombers Flew Thousands of Miles to Carpet Bomb Mock Targets

On May 18, two American B-52H bombers flew non-stop from Louisiana to a range in Jordan, dropped a massive payload of bombs, then turned around and flew back home.

The non-stop round trip — 30 hours and 14,000 miles in total — culminated in the twin bombers blasting a target range in full view of observers and public affairs cameras.

(This article by Joseph Trevithick originally appeared at War is Boring in 2015.)

It was a rare display of the bomber’s full combat power. B-52s often fly training missions around the globe, but rarely drop dozens of live bombs. What’s all the more interesting is that it happened a hop and a skip away from Syria and Iraq.

Since August 2014, the United States has led an international air campaign over the two countries. But the U.S. Air Force hasn’t sent any B-52s — for good reasons. Instead, fighter aircraft and B-1 bombers armed with missiles and guided bombs have done most of the work.

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