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Author Adrian Symonds
No. Pages 96
Version Soft cover
Category Books on aviation
Subcategory US Units Modern
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'Fighter pilots make movies, bomber pilots make history' - or so the bomber pilots say, anyway…
Strategic Air Command held a constant nuclear-armed vigil, ready to launch nuclear war at a moment's notice 24 hours a day. SAC was responsible for two of the three components of the Nuclear Triad – manned strategic bombers and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), alongside the Navy's SLBMs. Also responsible for the USAF's strategic reconnaissance aircraft, SAC maintained a large fleet of tankers to support its bombers and spy planes.
After a drawdown of strength in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, SAC rebuilt its strength throughout the 1980s as part of a wider revitalisation of the US armed forces under President Reagan. New advanced bombers, tankers and ICBMs joining the fleet and with the promise of new stealth aircraft under development.
Take a step inside the day-to-day operations of SAC in the 1980s.