December 17, 2013

B-52 Meeting its Demise Thursday Under Treaty

Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia takes out 39 bombers; work under way at Davis-Monthan.

The final B-52G bomber being eliminated under a weapons treaty will meet its end at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson on Thursday.

Base officials say a rescue saw will be used to sever the bomber's tail section from the fuselage.

That'll make the plane the 39th B-52G eliminated under the New START Treaty and the last such elimination required under the treaty.

The treaty between the United States and Russia limits the number of deployed strategic warheads.

The U.S. Air Force still flies B-52G's, and two of the bombers were in the news recently after they flew a training mission across a newly declared Chinese maritime air defense zone.

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