Thursday, December 6, 2012

2nd Bombardment Wing Memorial at NMUSAF

2nd Bomb Wing memorial at Air Force Museum
2nd Bomb Wing monument at the Air Force Museum Memorial Park, Dayton

1947 – The 2nd Bombardment Group, flying the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, was reactivated to formed the core of the 2nd Bombardment Wing, although at first the group, without its headquarters unit, was part of the 43rd Bomb Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB. The 2nd relocated to Chatham AFB, Georgia two years later, and replaced its wartime vintage aircraft with B-50 bombers and KB-29 aerial refueling tankers. The 2nd unit shifted to Hunter AFB, Georgia due to poor conditions and infrastructure at Chatham, eventually replacing the Superfortresses with Boeing B-47 Stratojets and KC-97 Stratofreighter tankers.

The 2nd BW came to its current base at Barksdale AFB, Lousiana in 1963 in order to operate B-52F Stratofortress heavy bombers and KC-135 Stratotankers.

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