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Still Carrying the Load

1:17 PM, Mar 18, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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A contemporary bit of saber rattling, a United States Air Force long range bomber flew over South Korea earlier this month as part of war games.  There was more to it, however, than the usual readiness exercise, as Bloomberg's Tony Capaccio reports, the U.S. was sending a message:

“We are drawing attention to the fact we have extended deterrence capabilities that we believe are important to demonstrate in the wake of recent North Korean rhetoric,” [a] Pentagon spokesman said. 

It is good to know that the Pentagon still does this and is not shy about saying so.

Also, it is interesting and reassuring to note that the aircraft that made the flight was a Boeing B-52 a type that has been in service for almost sixty years.  Built to carry nukes and deter the Soviets, the B-52 flew missions over Vietnam (and Cambodia),  then over Iraq (twice), and lately Afghanistan after 9/11.  It may emain in service until 2040 or so which means, according to the lore, "the last B-52 pilot has not yet been born."

It is an American warhorse.

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