The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since 1955.
During the Vietnam War, this B-52D bombed North Vietnamese targets as a member of the 92nd and 307th Strategic Bombardment Wings. Both bomb wings flew from Anderson Air Force Base, Guam and U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand.
The United States Air Force retired our B-52D in March of 1983. This ended "Twilite D'Lite's” 26 year career that began on 8 November 1957 when she was delivered to the Strategic Air Command's 28th Bomb Wing, based at Ellsworth AFB, SD. This also signaled the end of bombers equipped with a manned tail gunner position; in subsequent models, the gunner was moved into the cockpit crew area where he controls the radar operated tail guns.
"Twilight D'Lite" last saw operational duty with the 7th Bomb Wing of the Strategic Air Command, Carswell AFB, TX.
She flew to the Travis museum in August of 1983.
By kjfitz @ 2010-05-23 20:38:52