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The B-52H bomber "Wise Guy" flies again after being rescued from Arizona's "Boneyard".


A B-52H, nicknamed the "Wise Guy", is only the second Boeing Stratofortress bomber to ever be restored from the Boneyard and returned to the fleet after being taken back into the sky last week.

The B-52, tail number 60-034, was filmed by Redbone Aviation as it flew into Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, where it had arrived back in April to undergo Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) – the final part a three-phase process regenerating an aircraft to bring it back into service.

The sage is ready to return to action with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, after a 12 year hiatus from active duty.

According to the aviationist, it is the second B-52H bomber ever to be regenerated in the famous Boneyard aircraft graveyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. The first was a Stratofortress called the Ghost Rider in 2015.

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The B-52, tail number 60-034, was filmed by Redbone Aviation as it flew at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, where it had arrived in April for programmed depot maintenance

The sage is ready to return to action with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, after a 12 year hiatus from active duty

The sage is ready to return to action with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, after a 12 year hiatus from active duty

Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) is the final part of a three-phase process of regenerating an aircraft to get it back into service.

Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) is the final part of a three-phase process of regenerating an aircraft to get it back into service.

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The sage retired at the boneyard in 2008 after completing more than 17,000 hours of flight.

The pilot who flew the jet to Davis-Monthan left a note on the board in the cockpit: “This is 60-034, a Cold Warrior who stood guard from the darkest days of the Cold War to the global war on Terror. Take good care of her … Until we need her again, ”reports The Drive.

The plane should remain in the cemetery to be cannibalized for parts. However, its fate was changed in May 2016 after the crash of a B-52H bomber belonging to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron in Guam.

While all seven survived aboard the doomed jet, the Stratofortress US fleet dropped one of its 76 Congress-mandated aircraft after its crash. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center was then tasked with selecting an aircraft from the camp to restore and fill the void.

Shortly thereafter, in 2018, Wise Guy was selected to fill the position after spending 10 years at the boneyard. However, the plane reportedly required a lot of work.

The Air Force only announced in April 2019 that Wise Guy was in the process of being regenerated, but it is unclear whether the process actually began at that point.

A team of 13 to 20 maintenance workers worked on the B-52 in Boneyard before it was moved to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana for further repairs in May 2019.

Col. Robert Burgess, the 307th Operations Group commander and pilot who flew Wise Guy from Davis Monthan to Barksdale, said at the time that the jet "had cracks in the rear landing gear and two engines were missing".

"In addition, all fuel cells and hoses as well as the tires had to be replaced," said Burgess.

Wise Guy is pictured final approaching Barksdale Air Force Base for servicing in May 2019

Wise Guy is pictured final approaching Barksdale Air Force Base for servicing in May 2019

It is only the second B-52H bomber ever regenerated from the famous Boneyard aircraft graveyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona (above).

It is only the second B-52H bomber ever regenerated from the famous Boneyard aircraft graveyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona (above).

Col. Robert Burgess (above in 2019), commander and pilot of the 307th Operations Group who flew Wise Guy from Davis Monthan to Barksdale, said at the time that the jet "had cracks in the rear landing gear and two engines were missing".

Col. Robert Burgess (above in 2019), commander and pilot of the 307th Operations Group who flew Wise Guy from Davis Monthan to Barksdale, said at the time that the jet "had cracks in the rear landing gear and two engines were missing".

The plane should remain in the cemetery to be cannibalized for parts. However, its fate was changed in May 2016 after the crash of a B-52H bomber belonging to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron in Guam (above).

The plane should remain in the cemetery to be cannibalized for parts. However, its fate was changed in May 2016 after the crash of a B-52H bomber belonging to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron in Guam (above).

Master Sgt. Greg Barnhill, director of the 307th Maintenance Squadron exit business, said the jet's exit system also needed a complete overhaul. The exit system enables the crew to exit the aircraft in an emergency.

"All of our parts for repairing the ejection seats were basically in a five-gallon bucket," Barnhill said, according to the Military Times. "It was like putting a puzzle together."

Barnhill, however, was excited about the project, adding; “It's a once in a lifetime chance to get a bomber out of AMARG, and I've done it twice.

“It's just an honor to be back on the road,” he said.

After the repair was completed, the maintenance staff carried out several tests on the engines, chassis, fuel and exit systems.

As part of the second phase of the restoration of the jet, Wise Guy underwent a series of extensive inspections that resulted in the aircraft being almost completely disassembled, checking every component and fixing any defects before reassembling them.

The paint was also removed from the entire airframe so the technicians could assess each part of the aircraft to determine where further repairs might be needed.

The sage is ready to return to action with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, after a 12 year hiatus from active duty

The sage is ready to return to action with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, after a 12 year hiatus from active duty

The pilot who flew Wise Guy to the Boneyard left a note on the board in the cockpit that read, “This 60-034, a cold warrior who stood over America from the darkest days of the Cold War to the global war on terror . Take good care of her ... until we need her again & # 39;

The pilot who flew Wise Guy to the Boneyard left a note on the board in the cockpit that read, “This 60-034, a cold warrior who stood over America from the darkest days of the Cold War to the global war on terror . Take good care of her … until we need her again & # 39;

After the final PDM inspections are complete, the aircraft will perform a series of test flights before being "accepted" and returned to its squadron.

Wise Guy was captured by Redhome Aviation and filmed on a series of missions on December 14th, 16th and 18th.

During his most recent test run, Redhome Aviation's Rob Stevens wrote on Facebook that Wise Guy was in the air for about an hour, performing a series of touch-and-go passes where he landed on a runway and took off again without going to the To come to a standstill.

The aircraft now appears to have been cleared for recommissioning and will be painted in the coming days before it flies back to Minot AFB in early January.

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