B-52 Operators

A B-52B (RB-52B) 52-005 with tail colour for the Yellowtails Squadron - 330th BS; taken May 2007 at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Denver, Colorado.

The US Air Force B-52 Units is a list of USAF wings, squadrons, Air Force bases, and the dates when the B-52 served in those units. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range strategic bomber that was first built in 1954. The B-52 is currently active in the 2nd Bomb Wing, 5th Bomb Wing, and 917th Wing; as well as one at the Air Force Flight Test Center. 76 B-52s (67 with active duty and 9 with Reserve) remain in the USAF inventory as of September 2008.

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  • United States Air Force and NASA are the only operators of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.

Locations

The B-52 is currently stationed at three USAF bases, flown by three wings, and one center:

  • Air Force Flight Test Center - Edwards AFB, California
  • 2nd Bomb Wing - Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
    • 11th Bomb Squadron (B-52H, Tail Code: LA, Gold Tail Stripe)
    • 20th Bomb Squadron (B-52H, Tail Code: LA, Blue Tail Stripe)
    • 96th Bomb Squadron (B-52H, Tail Code: LA, Red Tail Stripe)
  • 5th Bomb Wing - Minot AFB, North Dakota
    • 23rd Bomb Squadron (B-52H, Tail Code: MT, Red Tail Stripe)
    • 69th Bomb Squadron (B-52H)
  • 917th Wing (AFRES) - Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
    • 93rd Bomb Squadron (B-52H, Tail Code: BD, Blue/Gold Chex Tail Stripe)

Wing organizations

The following USAF wing organizations flew the various B-52 models at some time during their existence:

  • 2nd Bomb Wing (1963-Present)
    • 11th Bomb Squadron (1994-Present)
    • 20th Bomb Squadron (1992-Present)
    • 62nd Bomb Squadron (1965-1992)
    • 96th Bomb Squadron (1993-Present)
    • 596th Bombardment Squadron (19-1994)
  • 5th Bomb Wing (1959-Present)
    • 23rd Bomb Squadron (19-Presnt)
    • 31st Bombardment Squadron (19-19)
    • 72nd Bombardment Squadron (1993-1994)
  • 6th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Walker AFB New Mexico (1957-1967)
    • 24th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52E (1957-1967) (Inactivated 12/5/67)
    • 39th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52E (1957-1963) (Inactivated 9/15/63)
    • 40th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52E (1957-1967) (Inactivated 1/25/67)
    • 4129th Combat Crew Training Squadron
      B-52E (1959-1963) (inactivated 9/15/63
  • 7th Bomb Wing (1958-1993) Carswell AFB Texas
    • 9th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1971-1982
    • 20th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1969-1983
    • 98th Bombardment Squadron (19-19)
    • 492nd Bombardment Squadron (19-19)
    • 4018th CCTS
  • 11th Strategic Wing Altus AFB Oklahoma (1958-1968)
    • 26th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52E (1958-1968) (inactivated 7/2/68)
    • 42nd Bombardment Squadron
      B-52E (1958-1960)
  • 17th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio (1962-1976)
    • 34th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52E (1963-1968)
  • 19th Bombardment Wing (Heavy)
    • 28th Bombardment Squadron
  • 22nd Bombardment Wing (Heavy) March AFB California
    • 2nd Bombardment Squadron
      B-52B 1963-1966
      B-52D 1966-1982
    • 486th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1966-
  • 28th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Ellsworth AFB South Dakota
    • 37th Bombardment Squadron
    • 77th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1957-1971
    • 717th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1957-1960
    • 718th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1957-1960
  • 39th Bombardment Wing (Heavy)
    • 62nd Bombardment Squadron
  • 42nd Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Loring AFB Maine
    • 69th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52C 1956-1957
      B-52D 1957-1959
      B-52G continued flying with squadron until 1994
    • 70th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52C 1956-1957
      B-52D 1957-1959
    • 75th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52C 1956-1957
      B-52D 1957-1959
  • 43rd Strategic Wing Andersen AFB Guam
    • 60th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1972-1983
    • 63rd Bombardment Squadron (19-19) (Provisional)
      B-52D 1972-1973
  • 68th Bombardment Wing
    • 51st Bombardment Squadron
  • 70th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Clinton-Sherman AFB Oklahoma
    • 6th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52E 1963-1968
      B-52D 1968-69 (inactivated 12/31/69)
  • 72nd Bombardment Wing (Heavy), Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico
    • 60th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1959-71 (inactivated 30 Jun 1971)
  • 91st Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Glasgow AFB Montana
    • 322nd Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1962-68
  • 92nd Bombardment Wing (Heavy) (1958-1994) Fairchild AFB Washington
    • 325th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1957-1971
    • 326th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1957-1961 (reassigned in 1961 to 4141st Strategic Wing at Glasgow AFB)
    • 327th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1957-1961 (reassigned in 1961 to 4170th Strategic Wing at Larson AFB)
  • 93rd Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Castle AFB California
    • 328th Bomb Squadron
      B-52B 1955-1965
      B-52D 1956-1958 and 1965-1974
      B-52E 1957-1958, 1967-1970
    • 329th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52B 1955-1965
      B-52D 1956-1958 and 1965-1971
      B-52E 1957-1958, 1967-1970
    • 330th Bombardment Squadron (see photo right)
      B-52B 1955-1963
      B-52D 1956-1958
      B-52E 1957-1958 (inactivated 9/15/63)
    • 4017th CCTS
      B-52B 1955-1956
  • 95th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Biggs AFB Texas
    • 334th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52B 1959-1966 (inactivated 6/25/66)
  • 96th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Dyess AFB Texas
    redesignated 69th Bombardment Wing (3/31/72)
    • 337th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52E 1963-1970
      B-52D 1969-1982
  • 97th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Blytheville AFB Arkansas (inactivated 4/1/92)
    • 340th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52G 1960-1992
  • 99th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Westover AFB Massachusetts
    • 346th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52B 1958-1959
      B-52C 1956-1966
      B-52D 1957-1961, 1966-1972
    • 347th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52B 1958-1959
      B-52C 1956-1961
      B-52D 1957-1961 (reassigned in 1961 to 4047th SW at McCoy AFB Florida
    • 348th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52B 1958-1959
      B-52C 1956-1966
      B-52D 1957-1961, 1966-1972 (inactivated 9/30/73)
  • 306th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) McCoy AFB Florida
    • 347th Bombardment Squadron
    • 367th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D 1963-1973 (acquired assets of 347 BS/4047 SW, inactivated 7/1/74)
  • 307th Strategic Wing U-Tapao RTAFB Thailand (inactivated 9/30/75)
    • 364th Bombardment Squadron (Provisional)
      B-52D (1970-1975)
    • 365th Bombardment Squadron (Provisional)
      B-52D (1973-1974 - disbanded 7/17/74)
  • 319th Bombardment Wing Grand Forks AFB North Dakota(1961-1986)
    • 46th Bombardment Squadron
  • 320th Bombardment Wing
    • 441st Bombardment Squadron
  • 340th Bombardment Wing Bergstrom AFB Texas
    • 486th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D (1963-1966)
  • 366th Wing
    • 34th Bomb Squadron (1992 - 1994)
      B-52G
  • 376th Strategic Wing Kadena AB Okinawa
    • (Direct Wing Control - no squdrons replaced 4252 SW, Arc Light missions from this base terminated 9/70)
  • 379th Bombardment Wing
    • 524th Bombardment Squadron
  • 380th Bombardment Wing, Heavy (1966-1970)
    • 528th Bombardment Squadron
  • 397th Bombardment Wing
    • 596th Bombardment Squadron
  • 410th Bombardment Wing
    • 644th Bomb Squadron
  • 416th Bombardment Wing, Griffiss AFB Rome, New York (inactivated 9/30/95)
    • 668th Bomb Squadron
  • 449th Bombardment Wing
    • 716th Bombardment Squadron
  • 450th Bombardment Wing
    • 720th Bombardment Squadron
  • 454th Bombardment Wing Columbus AFB Mississippi
    • 736th BS
      B-52D (1966-1969 - inactivated 7/2/69)
  • 456th Bombardment Wing (Beale AFB, California)
    • 744th Bombardment Squadron
  • 461st Strategic Wing Amarillo AFB Texas (inactivated 3/25/68)
    • 764th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D (1963-1968)
  • 462nd Strategic Aerospace Wing Larson AFB Washington (inactivated 6/25/66)
    • 768th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D (1963-1966)
  • 465th Bombardment Wing
    • 781st Bombardment Squadron
  • 484th Bombardment Wing Turner AFB Georgia (inactivated 3/15/67)
    • 824th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D (1963-1967)
  • 494th Bombardment Wing Sheppard AFB Texas (inactivated 4/2/66)
    • 864th Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D (1963-1966)
  • 509th Bombardment Wing Pease AFB New Hampshire
    • 393rd Bombardment Squadron
      B-52D (1966-69)
  • 4043 Strategic Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio (inactivated 2/1/63)
    • 42nd BS
      B-52E 1960-1963 (inactivated 9/1/63)
  • 4047th Strategic Wing, McCoy AFB Florida (inactivated 4/1/63)
    • 347th BS
      B-52D 1961-1963 (inactivated 4/1/63)
  • 4128th Strategic Wing, Amarillo AFB Texas (inactivated 2/1/63)
    • 718th BS
      B-52D 1960-1963 (inactivated 2/1/63)
  • 4130th Strategic Wing, Bergstrom AFB Texas (inactivated 9/1/63)
    • 335th BS
      B-52D 1959-1963 (inactivated 9/1/63)
  • 4123rd Strategic Wing, Clinton-Sherman AFB Oklahoma (inactivated 2/1/63)
    • 98 BS
      B-52E 1959-1963 (inactivated 9/1/63)
  • 4138th Strategic Wing, Turner AFB Georgia (inactivated 2/1/63)
    • 336th BS
      B-52D 1959-1963 (inactivated 2/1/63)
  • 4141st Strategic Wing, Glasgow AFB Montana (inactivated 2/1/63)
    • 326th BS
      B-52D 1959-1963 (inactivated 2/1/63)
  • 4170th Strategic Wing, Larson AFB Washington (inactivated 2/1/63)
    • 327th BS
      B-52D 1960-1963 (inactivated 2/1/63)
  • 4245th Strategic Wing, Sheppard AFB Texas (inactivated 2/1/63)
    • 717th BS
      B-52D 1960-1963 (inactivated 2/1/63)