ATLANTA, Ga. — The U.S. Air Force has started a regeneration process for a second Boeing B-52H bomber that has been parked in long-term storage in Arizona.
The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona is restoring the airworthiness of a retired B-52H nicknamed “Wise Guy,” said Brig. Gen. Chris Hill, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center.
The restored B-52H will then fly to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, the home of a B-52 squadron and Global Strike Command, Hill said.
Next fall, the B-52H will proceed to the Air Logistics Center to be fully refurbished and regenerated to operational status, he said.
The regeneration process for Wise Guy begins four years after the Air Force performed the same process on another B-52H nicknamed Ghost Rider. That aircraft required 19 months of refurbishment to restore to operational status from a long-term storage condition.
As Wise Guy rejoins the fleet, the Air Force will again have 76 B-52Hs available for combat, which equals the maximum number allowed under arms control limits.