Service of Boeing B-52E Stratofortress

Last revised June 30, 2000

100 B-52Es were accepted by the USAF between October 1957 and June 1958. The first B-52Es entered service with SAC in December of 1957.

The B-52E served with the following units:

The B-52E never served in the Southeast Asia war. A few worn-out B-52Es were withdrawn from service in 1967, but the majority of the B-52Es were phased out of SAC service and consigned to storage during 1969/70.


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