A U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The Air Force says the venerable B-52 bomber, which gained lasting fame in Vietnam as an aerial terror, is now likely to outlive its younger, far-snazzier brother bombers, the swept-wing B-1 and the stealthy B-2. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The Air Force says the venerable B-52 bomber, which gained lasting fame in Vietnam as an aerial terror, is now likely to outlive its younger, far-snazzier brother bombers, the swept-wing B-1 and the stealthy B-2. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

Venerable B-52 might outlive snazzier, younger bombers

It is expected to remain part of the combat force until mid-century.

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