BUFF and Tough

By Ron Simonetti

April 2016

I'm a firm believer in the adage "If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going."

I've flown B-52s for over 20 years, beginning in 1966 and through 1986, including the C, D, E, F, G and H versions. My experience includes many roles -- co-pilot, aircraft commander, squadron commander, to name a few -- along with over 220 missions during Vietnam and the Cold War.

The "BUFF" (as the B-52 Stratofortress is affectionately known) always served us well and always brought us home again -- as it still does today.