From the crew dogs up the road at 2d Bomb Group--I have Dru Blair's In Praise of Older Bombers on my office wall signed by a 2d Bomb Grooup crew that flew OEF I support, in the 50th anniversary year of the B52. Amazing birds, the BUFFs.
Shreveport (LA) Times
August 26, 2007
Barksdale Bombers Expand B-52's Capabilities
Recreation of historic 1938 mission points to future
By John Andrew Prime
Three Barksdale Air Force Base B-52s used a modern twist to a historic mission almost 70 years old to add a dramatic new capability to the bomber's long list of tricks.
Flying almost 10 hours and putting about 3,500 miles under their wings Friday, the trio of veteran bombers pinpointed a specific ship several hundred miles east of Bermuda then spent two hours gathering images and information about it.
In May 1938, three B-17 bombers from what was then the 2nd Bomb Group intercepted the Italian cruise liner Rex several hundred miles east of New York City.