The hardest hitting weapon in the coalition’s forward-deployed arsenal is the B-52H Stratofortress, which, like the B-1Bs before them, have provided a massive weapons magazine in the sky that can orbit for hours on end and provide precision attacks as well as limited surveillance.
A group of B-52H Stratofortress aircraft arrived at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar earlier this month.
The aircraft replaced B-1B Lancers as the primary heavy bombers used by the U.S.
in Iraq and Syria.
Now the huge eight-engine aircraft has turned its firepower on ISIS as its first bombs exploded in the northern Iraq city of Mosul on Monday.
The iconic aircraft, whose hulking build has earned it the nickname Big Ugly Fat F****r, has been in the U.S. Air Force’s service since 1955.
Estimates by Air Force engineers predict the aircraft will remain in service beyond the year 2040.
We may never know what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.
Thankfully — as evidenced by an unclassified video released of a coalition air strike taking place on March 10 outside of Mosul, Iraq — we do know what happens when a United States Air Force B-52 bomber opens up a can of whoop ass on a building full of ISIS fighters.
— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) March 18, 2017
But now the huge eight-engine aircraft has turned its firepower on ISIS as its first bombs exploded in the northern Iraq city of Mosul on Monday.
Its bombing operations, announced by the Pentagon on Wednesday, will come as a massive boost for Iraqi and Kurdish forces who are hoping to seize back control of the city – one of Islamic State’s most secure territories.
The aircraft was used to strike al-Qaeda and the Taliban during the Afghanistan war.
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