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14 September 2001 through 15 August 2006

All photos and information from unclassified sources.

 B-52 "Stratofortress" Operations
More Commonly Know as:
The "BUFF"

B-52 Bomb Loading -
Munitions Crews load B-52H with Mk82 500 pound general purpose bombs.

B-52 Taxi out
 A B-52H from the 917th Bomb Wing, US Air Force Reserve, Barksdale AFB, Louisianna, taxis out for takeoff on the opening day of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, October 9, 2001.

4 B-52s ready for takeoff
 Four B-52Hs line up for takeoff on opening day.

B-52 Takes Off from Diego
B-52H take off.  Runway 13, Diego Garcia.  The point of land on the far shore, about 1/3 from the right, is the location of the Plantation.

B-52 Lands - Diego
 B-52H returns from a mission, October, 2001.

B-52 Loadup
Reload.  This time with Mk84 2,000 pound precision guided bombs.

B-52 Maintenance Diego Garcia
Typical DG aircraft maintenance - it rains, and then the steam rises from everywhere.  Hot and muggy.  2nd Bomb Wing aircraft, 0026, loaded with Mk82s.


Back to tent city....


Please note that according to the Air Force Times, bomber operations from Diego Garcia ended August 15, 2006.  Operations began with the arrival of the 40th AEW on September 14, 2001, and lasted 4 years and 11 months, which was 1 year and 2 months longer that the US was engaged in WWII.

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