Second B-52 regenerated for service to arrive at Minot AFB

Submitted Photo The B-52H bomber nicknamed "Wise Guy" sits in post dock nearing completion of its regeneration back to active service at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, on Nov. 19, 2020, shown in this Air Force photo. The plane now is ready to return to service with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base.

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – The second B-52 bomber ever to be regenerated for service is scheduled to arrive at at Minot Air Force Base today, according to Minot AFB officials.

Nicknamed “Wise Guy,” the plane was retired for long-term storage at what is known as the “Boneyard” at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, in 2008.

“Wise Guy” will replace a B-52 bomber destroyed by fire while in Guam.

‘Wise Guy” began the regeneration process in 2019 at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration (AMRG) Group at Davis-Monthan AFB “Boneyard,” then was flown to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, for further repairs. The B-52 arrived at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, last spring where it has been undergoing programmed depot maintenance, according to Air Force information.

While “Wise Guy” was at the Oklahoma base for programmed depot maintenance, another plane, “Ghost Rider,” was there for routine maintenance. “Ghost Rider” was the first bomber returned to service a few years ago and also was assigned to Minot AFB.

When “Wise Guy” arrives at Minot AFB and re-enters service with the 5th Bomb Wing, it will restore the U.S. B-52 fleet to 76 aircraft.


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