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BUFF: The B-52 Story - Coming June 8

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will tell the story of the longest serving aircraft in United States military in the special exhibition, “BUFF: The B-52 Story,” on display June 8 through December 29, 2019. This temporary exhibition explores this iconic Boeing aircraft’s past, present and future as an American strategic bomber. It is a substantial history, as this aircraft came into existence sixty years ago to deliver a nuclear payload on the Soviet Union during a possible World War III, and its lifespan is projected to extend beyond 2040.

Visitors will be guided through the B-52’s history of modifications and upgrades, from development by the Boeing six-man “dream team” in 1948 who designed the first prototypes to the aircraft’s role in Iraqi Freedom in 2003. The B-52 played an important role in nuclear weapons testing, starting in 1956, and this special exhibition highlights many strategic operations. It also displays information on Chrome Dome, a seven-year initiative featuring airborne alert missions where B-52 units rotated on flying routes over the Arctic and Mediterranean. Pop culture even plays a role in this engaging exhibition, displaying multiple B-52 themed movie posters throughout the years.

“BUFF: The B-52 Story” also takes time to focus on the achievements of the museum’s own B-52B Stratofortress, serial number 52-0013, newly restored and on display in the museum’s nine-acre outdoor exhibit area. This aircraft is Albuquerque’s airplane - delivered directly from Boeing to Kirtland Air Force Base in 1955, never assigned to another Air Force Base – and it was used for atomic testing in the Pacific during Operation Redwing, 1956, and Operation Dominic, 1962. It remains the only B-52B in existence that has dropped an atomic bomb - dropped during testing. A number of missiles carried by B-52 through the years will also be on display, including the broken arrows accidentally dropped in 1966 by a B-52 off the coast of Spain as well as a Short-Range Attack missile (SRAM).

“The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is proud to celebrate the incredible military service of the B-52, and we are thrilled to have one here that is so tied to Albuquerque’s military history,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “I hope many visitors will come to see our B-52, and learn about the history of this iconic aircraft and its important missions.”

“BUFF: The B-52 Story” will be on display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History June 8 through December 29, 2019. This special exhibition is included with the price of admission into the museum. For more information, please visit nuclearmuseum.org.

BUFF: The B-52 Story - June 8 through December 29

Join us as we tell the story of the longest serving aircraft in United States military in the special exhibition, “BUFF: The B-52 Story,” on display June 8 through December 29, 2019. This temporary exhibition explores this iconic Boeing aircraft’s past, present and future as an American strategic bomber.

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"Science is Everywhere" Summer Camp - May 28 through August 9

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is pleased to offer week-long, themed camp for summer 2019. These camps are geared to campers Pre-K and Kindergarten through 7th grades. Sessions include "Foodie Science", "STEMinists: Geosciences Edition", Got Game?", "Movie Magic" and many more!

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Movie Under the Wings - June 22

Join the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History for Movie Under the Wings, an amazing outdoor event featuring the iconic movie, “October Sky.” Saturday, June 22, under the airplanes in Heritage Park. Doors will open at 7:30 pm for this unique museum experience, and the movie will begin at dark.

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