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B-52 Stratofortress Units in Operation Desert Storm

B-52 Stratofortress Units in Operation Desert Storm Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2004 Title B-52 Stratofortress Units in Operation Desert Storm
Author Jon Lake Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2004 ISBN 1-84176-751-4
Format 96 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $19.95


This title examines the role of the B-52 in Operation Desert Storm. When preparations for war started in earnest during Desert Shield, B-52s were quickly prepared for their part in combat operations. By the time the Desert Storm was concluded, the B-52 only accounted for about three percent of all sorties flown, though the B-52 delivered about one third of all weapons on target.

B-52 Stratofortress Units in Operation Desert Storm

The author has collected quite a few first-hand accounts from Buff (Big Ugly Fat 'Fella') crews as they pressed the former cold warrior back into conventional warfare, something not done in any scope since Vietnam. The narrative puts the reader into context with how the 'conventional' B-52G differed in operations from its 'nuclear' brother, the B-52H. Coverage and perspective is also given to flight operations from a variety of deployment locations including Diego Garcia, Moron, RAF Fairford, and from Saudi Arabia.

The coverage of B-52 operations is broken down in the table of contents as:

  • Back to War
  • The G-Model
  • Prelude to Desert Storm
  • Fire From The Island
  • 1708th BW(P)'s War
  • Moron & Fairford
  • B-52H in Desert Storm
  • Conclusions

In addition to the operational summaries, the book is also has a nice selection of color profiles, color noseart photography, line drawings, as well as loads of color and B&W coverage of the action.

This book is a must have for the modeler and aviation historian interested in contemporary air operations, especially involving an aircraft that was over 50 years old during Desert Storm! Recommended!

My sincere thanks to Motorbooks International for this review sample!