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B-52 bomber removed from 'boneyard' to return to service

A B-52 bomber at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group facility near Tucson, Ariz., in October, 2015. 309 AMARG serves as a heavy bomber storage and conversion facility under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, and is subject to inspections by the Russians.

JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 16, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. — A B-52H bomber built in the early 1960s and put into retirement in an U.S. Air Force "boneyard" in the Arizona desert over 10 years ago is returning to service.

A crew on Tuesday flew the plane nicknamed "Wise Guy" to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana from Tucson where it had been in a sprawling aircraft storage area at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Officials said it was the bomber's first flight since 2008 and only the second time that a B-52H has taken from the storage area and returned to service.

It took months of work to make the bomber airworthy again, and additional restoration work is required to put it back in service.

The bomber will replace one destroyed in a 2016 fire at a base in Guam.
 

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