Past B-52 Deployments to the UK (Updated more photos added)

Past B-52 Deployments to the UK (Updated more photos added)

Postby bigcrow on Fri 16 Jan 2015, 2:19 pm

Hi All

By no means complete but here is a selection of shots from myself & dad of the various deployments of Buffs to the UK from the late seventies to the 2003 ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ deployment. I'll split the topic into two parts this up to 'Operation Desert Storm' in 1991.

#1 From the 28th Bomb Wing, based at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. Seen here shortly after arriving for the joint USAF/RAF Bombing Competition.

Image61-0003 B-52H 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, RAF Marham 5-6-79 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#2 From the 410th Bomb Wing based at K.I.Sawyer AFB, Michigan, seen arriving for the joint USAF/RAF bombing competition.

Image60-0058 B-52H 410th Bomb Wing, K.I.Sawyer AFB, RAF Marham 5-6-79 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#3 From the 28th Bomb Wing, based at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. Seen here shortly after arriving for the joint USAF/RAF l Bombing Competition.

Image60-0049 B-52H 28th BW, Ellsworth AFB. RAF Marham 5-6-79 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#4 From the 22nd Bomb Wing based at March AFB, California, seen on the glide path to runway 08 at the commencement of a 'Busy Brewer' exercise.

Image56-0617 B-52D 22nd BW, March AFB, RAF Brize Norton 25-8-1980 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#5 Belonging to the 22nd Bomb Wing based at March AFB, California also caught during a 'Busy Brewer' exercise.


Image56-0671 B-52D 22nd BW, March AFB, RAF Brize Norton 25-8-1980 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#6 From the 7th Bomb Wing based at Carswell AFB, Texas, seen during another 'Busy Brewer' exercise.

Image55-0070 B-52D 7th BW, Carswell AFB, RAF Fairford 25-10-81 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#7 Of the 410th Bomb Wing based at K.I.Sawyer AFB, Michigan. Seen here wearing D-Day markings shot at IAT81, I belive there was a deployment at RAF Marham at the time?

Image60-0057 B-52H 410th BW, K.I.Sawyer AFB, RAF Greenham Common 27-6-81 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#8 Belonging to the 28th Bomb Squadron/19th Bomb Wing, based at Robins AFB, Georgia, seen landing following a mission during the ' Busy Brewer ' exercise.

Image58-0192 B-52G 19th BW, Robins AFB, RAF Fairford 12-9-1982 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#9 Of the 42nd BW, based at Loring AFB, shot on the ground taking part in the ' Busy Brewer ' exercise.

Image58-0207 B-52G 19th BW, Robins AFB, RAF Fairford 12-9-1982 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#10 Belonging to the 2nd Bomb Wing. based at Barksdale AFB. Shot during another ' Busy Brewer' exercise.

Image59-2588 B-52G 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB. RAF Brize Norton 11-9-83 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#11 Belonging to the 2nd Bomb Wing. based at Barksdale AFB. Shot during another ' Busy Brewer' exercise.

Image59-2588 B-52G 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB. RAF Brize Norton 11-9-83 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#12 Belonging to the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, seen shortly after arriving for the 'Busy Brewer' exercise.

Image58-0210 B-52G 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 24-5-85 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#13 Belonging to the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, seen arriving for the 'Busy Brewer' exercise.

Image57-6512 B-52G 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 30-5-1985 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#14 Belonging to the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, seen during the 'Busy Brewer' exercise.

Image59-2599 B-52G 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB. RAF Fairford 30-5-85 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#15 These last few are shot at Fairford during ' Operation Desert Storm' February 1991, the last a very spirited take-off on the first active mission to Iraq, pretty scary considering there was live ordinance under the wings.

Image58-0213 B-52G 806th BW(P) RAF Fairford 15-2-91 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#16

Image58-0182 B-52G 379 BW, 806th BW(P) RAF Fairford 6-2-91 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#17

Image58-0247 B-52G 379 BW, 806th BW(P) RAF Fairford 6-2-91 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#18

Image58-0231 B-52G 416th BW, 806th BW(P) RAF Fairford 6-2-91 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#19

Image58-0168 B-52G 379 BW, 806th BW(P) RAF Fairford 6-2-91 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#20

Image58-0204 B-52G 379 BW, 806th BW(P) RAF Fairford 6-2-91 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#21

Image58-0231 B-52G 416th BW, 806th BW(P) RAF Fairford 6-2-91 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#22

ImageB-52G 806 BW(P) RAF Fairford 9-2-91 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr
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Re: Past B-52 Deployments to the UK

Postby Russ on Fri 16 Jan 2015, 3:42 pm

:clap: :drool: :cool:

Already loving this thread. Thanks for sharing Stu, please keep them coming. :up:
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Re: Past B-52 Deployments to the UK

Postby Talldan76 on Fri 16 Jan 2015, 4:35 pm

Very nice thread... Keep em coming!!

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Re: Past B-52 Deployments to the UK

Postby Sundowner on Sun 18 Jan 2015, 9:20 am

Stunning stuff, especially the last one. :clap:
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Re: Past B-52 Deployments to the UK

Postby bigcrow on Fri 23 Jan 2015, 10:45 am

As promised here is the second part from 1993 to 2003. Again a mixture of mine & my late dads shots.

#23 From the 416th Bomb Wing, Griffiths AFB, New York, seen deployed during the exercise 'Coronet Comet'

Image60-0030 B-52H 416th Bomb Wing, Griffiths AFB, RAF Fairford 8-6-1993 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#24 From the 416th Bomb Wing, Griffiths AFB, New York, seen deployed during the exercise 'Coronet Comet'

Image60-0030 B-52H 416th Bomb Wing, Griffiths AFB, RAF Fairford 5-6-1993 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#25 From the 416th Bomb Wing, Griffiths AFB, New York, seen deployed during the exercise 'Coronet Comet'

Image61-0003 B-52H 416th Bomb Wing, Griffiss AFB, RAF Fairford 25-6-1993 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#26 From the 20th Bomb Squadron/2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. Seen here on a very cold day taking part in the exercise 'Strong Resolve'.

Image60-0017 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 25-2-1995 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#27 From the 20th Bomb Squadron/2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana shot during the exercise 'Strong Resolve'.

Image60-0032 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 25-2-1995 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#28 From the 20th Bomb Squadron/2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana shot during the exercise 'Strong Resolve'.

Image60-0017 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 25-2-1995 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#29 From the 20th Bomb Squadron/2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana shot during the exercise 'Strong Resolve'.

Image60-0032 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 25-2-1995 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#30 Belonging to the 96th Bomb Squadron/2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB. Caught landing on runway 27

Image61-0013 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 16-6-1995 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#31 Of the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, seen here being flight prepped. This was one of six B-52Hs which had arrived on 11.10 ("Havoc 11-16") as a show of strength against the Serbian Government regarding human rights violations in Kosova. Serbian forces were withdrawn shortly afterwards. Interestingly it still carries this nose art today as noted at last years deployment to Fairford.

Image60-0059 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 10-98 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#32 Of the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. Seen here at rest in the evening sun awaiting a bombing mission during Operation Noble Anvil (the bombing of Serbia). This aircraft arrived at RAF Fairford on 21.2.99 as callsign "Havoc 03".

Image60-0010 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 20-3-99 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#33 Of the 5th Bomb Wing based at Minot AFB, North Dakota. Seen here while taking part in Operation Noble Anvil (the bombing of Serbia). This aircraft arrived at RAF Fairford on 29.3.99 as callsign "Edwin 22".

Image60-0009 B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, RAF Fairford 4-4-99 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#34 Of the 11th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing. Arrived on 21.2 as ' Havoc 07 ' and acted as the training aircraft prior to Operation ' Noble Anvil ', the bombing campaign against Serbia.

Image61-0016 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 4-4-1999 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#35 Of the 5th Bomb Wing based at Minot AFB, ND, seen here taxiing to the EOR with a load of 750 lb bombs during Operation ' Nole Anvil ', the bombing campaign in the Balkans. She arrived at Fairford on 1.5.99 as callsign " Nappy 11".

Image60-0033 B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, RAF Fairford 5-5-99 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#36 Of the 96th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing seen here fully armed and taxiing to the EOR to conduct another mission in support of Operation ' Noble Anvil ', the air campaign against Serbia.

Image61-0020 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 5-5-99 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#37 'The Eagle's Wrath II' of the 20th BS/2nd BW. Arrived as callsign 'Tiger 41' on 1.5.99 to take part in 'Operation Noble Anvil', the USAF bombing campaign in the Balkan War. Note the Paveway bomb mounted under the wing.

Image61-0002 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 3-5-1999 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#38 Of the 20th BS/2nd BW seen here in special markings for the 2nd Operations Group.This aircraft is seen just prior to departure back to the USA following Operation 'Noble Anvil', the 78 day air war in the Balkans which ended on 9th June 99.

Image61-0002 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 16-6-1999 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#39 Of the 2nd Bomb Wing seen shortly after arriving as ' Tiger 01 '. The aircraft declared an emergency with it's number 4 engine out and hydraulic problems. It is seen here carrying AGM-142 TV guided standoff missiles.

Image60-0062 B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 3-5-1999 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#40 Belonging to the 20th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing. Seen here fully bombed up awaiting another mission during Operation ' Noble Anvil '

Image60-0020 B-52H 2nd Bw, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 4-4-1999 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#41 In early 2003 Buffs from Minot took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Image60-0005 B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, RAF Fairford 26-3-2003 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#42

Image61-0007 B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, RAF Fairford 26-3-2003 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#43

Image60-0034 B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, RAF Fairford 26-3-2003 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#44

Image60-0033 B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, RAF Fairford 23-3-2003 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#45

ImageJDAM, RAF Fairford 26-3-2003 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#46

Image61-0007 B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, RAF Fairford 23-3-2003 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#47

Image60-0015 B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, RAF Fairford 23-3-2003 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#48

Image61-0007 B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, RAF Fairford 23-3-2003 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#49

Image60-0015 B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, RAF Fairford 23-3-2003 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#50 This final one is not from a deployment but from RIAT 97 & I thought I would add it just because its an interesting shot. Note the full colour markings on the outboard tank & the pair of F-117's breaking into the circuit.

Image60-0003\BD B-52H 93rd BS, Barksdale AFB, RAF Fairford 16-7-1997 by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr
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Re: Past B-52 Deployments to the UK

Postby Wes_Howes on Fri 23 Jan 2015, 12:23 pm

Great stuff Stuart, thanks for taking the time to post these :smile:
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Re: Past B-52 Deployments to the UK (Updated more photos add

Postby skyking_comms on Sat 30 May 2015, 1:08 am

Amazing photo's, thank you so much for posting them! Brings back many fond memories :smile:

I'm trying to document these deployments to RAF Fairford on my website - http://www.raf-fairford.co.uk/Exercises
I am still trying to find dates that tie up with the various deployments to Fairford and would be grateful for any information.
It would be an added bonus if you happened to have pics of patches made especially for these deployments. Please PM me.

Thanks

Darren
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Re: Past B-52 Deployments to the UK (Updated more photos add

Postby skyking_comms on Sat 30 May 2015, 1:08 am

Amazing photo's, thank you so much for posting them! Brings back many fond memories :smile:

I'm trying to document these deployments to RAF Fairford on my website - http://www.raf-fairford.co.uk/home/Exercise-Busy-Brewer-Warrior
I am still trying to find dates that tie up with the various deployments to Fairford and would be grateful for any information.
It would be an added bonus if you happened to have pics of patches made especially for these deployments. Please PM me.

Thanks

Darren
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Re: Past B-52 Deployments to the UK (Updated more photos add

Postby tankbuster81 on Sat 30 May 2015, 7:25 am

Fantastic thread .love every photo! Some great nose art,and i've never seen a B-52 with the nose up? Last one is my favourite with the 2 xF117's, cracking shot.

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Re: Past B-52 Deployments to the UK (Updated more photos add

Postby SPLAT on Sat 30 May 2015, 10:35 am

Busy Brewer exercise!
Bet they were with that amount of air / groundcrew , great set of shots .
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Re: Past B-52 Deployments to the UK (Updated more photos add

Postby Arthur Tee on Sat 30 May 2015, 5:39 pm

Just one word - superb! :clap:

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