B-52 bomber takes off from Thailand, 1970
Published: February 17, 2013
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.