A B-52H Stratofortress takes off after being taken out of long-term storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. Flickr/U.S. Air Force
Sebastien Roblin, National Interest: Why America's Enemies Still Fear the B-52 Bomber
We’ve already examined the colorful analysis offered by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte regarding his country’s new jet fighter, so let’s today look at the aviation insights offered by a politician on our home shores.
In the September 26 presidential debate pitting Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump, when questioned about nuclear doctrine, Trump stated:
“But Russia has been expanding their -- they have a much newer capability than we do. We have not been updating from the new standpoint.
I looked the other night. I was seeing B-52s, they're old enough that your father, your grandfather could be flying them. We are not -- we are not keeping up with other countries.”
The gist of it appears to be the B-52 is an obsolete airplane that proves that the United States Air Force has fallen behind the rest of the world, particularly Russia.
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WNU Editor: The B-52 is basically a long-distance bomb and missile truck .... and it does a very good job at it.