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B-52 bomber takes off from Thailand, 1970

Russ Anderson ©Stars and Stripes
Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, Thailand, January, 1970: Two men relaxing on the beach watch as a Strategic Air Command B-52 bomber takes off on a mission in Southeast Asia. Thailand was the starting point for the majority of B-52 missions during the Vietnam war; others took off from Guam and Okinawa. A half-century after its rollout, the B-52 is still a prominent part of the Air Force arsenal.

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