B-52 OPERATIONS IN THE BRIGHT STAR 82 EXERCISE

David A. Dick

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Abstract: On the morning of 23 November 1981, eight bombers of SAC’s Strategic Projection Force (SPF) took off on what was to be the longest nonstop B-52 bombing mission in the history of SAC. The two flights of bombers, four from the 319 Bombardment Wing, Grand Forks AFB and four from the 5th Bombardment Wing, Minot AFB, both within the 57th Air Division, took off in deteriorating weather for the sole purpose of delivering their loads of conventional munitions on a target 7000 miles away. In addition, the first bomber across the target would signal the beginning of the final exercise of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force Operation Bright Star 82, so timing was extremely critical.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 29, Number 3
Pages: 195 - 198
Cite this article: Dick, David A., "B-52 OPERATIONS IN THE BRIGHT STAR 82 EXERCISE", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 29, No. 3, Fall 1982, pp. 195-198.
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