Air Force Pulls B-52 from Boneyard

B-52 Flies out of AMARGIn a relatively rare occurrence for the big bomber, the US Air Force un-mothballed a 50-year-old B-52 from the storage base in Tucson, AZ, and flew it to Barksdale AFB:

The 53-year-old Stratofortress, tail number 61-1007, nicknamed the “Ghost Rider” had been in storage at the desert in the care of [AMARG] since 2008…Ghost Rider, after upgrades, will become the first B-52 to return to duty from the Boneyard.

The plane¬†was reportedly revived to replace another B-52 that was “totaled” in a fire.

Granted, getting a jet out of 6-years of storage at AMARG isn’t like pulling it off the grounds of museum, but anyone who has ever stored a car for any length of time knows the issues that can arise — issues that far multiply when you talk about a machine designed to fly and deliver nuclear weapons.

Also at the AFRC.

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