The last of 744 B-52 Stratofortresses, an H-model, rolled out of Boeing’s Wichita facility in 1962. Fifty years later in February, the Pentagon identified the B-52 and the U.S. Air Force’s other strategic bombers as vital weapons for the Pentagon’s ongoing “pivot” towards the western Pacific. “The focus on the Asia-Pacific region places a renewed emphasis on air and naval forces,” the Pentagon announced. “Therefore we maintained the current bomber fleet.”
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There was something odd about the photos. It was the day after U.S. Navy SEALs from Joint Special Operations Command had swooped in on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden with bullets to the head and chest. No Americans had died in the raid, but the Pentagon admitted that one of their Blackhawk helicopters had suffered a mechanical failure and had to be destroyed where it settled inside the compound.
Against the backdrop of the escalating Libyan civil war, in mid-March the United Nations approved military action to protect civilians from dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s army and air force. An aerial coalition featuring some of the world’s most modern combat aircraft rapidly assembled at Mediterranean air bases and aboard aircraft carriers. The air fleet eventually included French Rafales, British and Italian Typhoons, Swedish Gripens and the Emirates’ F-16E/Fs.