U.S. B-52 Strategic Bomber Makes First Landing in South Korea In 35 Years | Aviation

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The B-52 lands in South Korea for the first time. (Image credit: Yonhap)

A B-52H landed at Cheongju International Airport, marking the very first time in more than three decades, the iconic bomber landed in South Korea.

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, belonging to the 2nd BW (Bomb Wing) from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, landed at Cheongju International Airport, 112 kilometers to the southeast of Seoul, on Oct. 17, 2023, marking the first time a Stratofortress strategic bomber landed in South Korea in 35 years.

As pointed out by Edward Pernotto, Col USAFR (Ret.), last time was in 1988, when Barksdale AFB’s 2nd Bomb Wing deployed two B-52s to Osan Air Base South Korea as a deterrent deployment for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Prior to its historic first landing on the Korean Peninsula, the bomber had departed from its homebase along with another BUFF (as the iconic aircraft is nicknamed) using radio callsign HULK 11-12. At a certain point, the formation split (it’s not clear where the other B-52 has landed) and airframe #60-0021/LA flew over the opening of the 6-day Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition 2023 and also integrated with ROKAF (Republic Of Korea Air Force) F-35A stealth fighters during pre-planned joint drills meant at sending a strong message of deterrence to North Korea.

“U.S. support for Seoul ADEX 23 is at an all-time high in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the ironclad commitment to the ROK-U.S. Alliance,” said an official release published on Oct. 15, 2023. “Participation in the event allows the U.S. to demonstrate its robust readiness by showcasing capabilities committed to protecting service members and their families, as well as defending allies and partner nations.”

“We are honored and excited to demonstrate our ironclad commitment to the ROK-U.S. Alliance with the participation of the B-52 Stratofortress, and all of our US equipment and personnel in Seoul ADEX 23,” said Maj. Rachel…

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