How do you render an 80-year-old flying machine ready for war? The last of the B-52s, the H models, were delivered in 1962 as strategic bombers to counter the nuclear menace posed by the Soviet Union. The mission has changed. Now, it's more tactical than strategic. But the B-52s are still around -- 94 of them. The United States Air Force plans to keep a significant number of the eight-engine Stratofortresses, or BUFFs (Big Ugly Fat Fellows) as some U.S. servicemen call them, flying until ...

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