A B-52H Stratofortress sits on the flight line at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Jan. 10, 2019. The B-52’s wingspan stretches 185 feet and weighs approximately 185,000 pounds empty with maximum takeoff weight of 488,000 pounds.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US B-52 bombers deployed from North Dakota landed in Guam at the end of January to support “strategic deterrence” in the Indo-Pacific region, according to a Pacific Air Forces release on Thursday. “B-52 Stratofortress bombers assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, landed at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam at the end of January as part of a Bomber Task Force to support strategic deterrence missions aimed at reinforcing the rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific region,” the release stated. The B-52 operations and support personnel have been attached to the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and will integrate with forces from US allies and partners in the region. MilitaryUS’ Nearly $50 Billion B-52 Modernization Program at Risk of Failure2 January, 21:13 GMTThe US has been building up its military presence in Guam and the broader Indo-Pacific region amid ongoing tensions with China.