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The Museum of Flight’s Boeing B-52 Stratofortress #59-2584 is one of 193 G-models built at Boeing’s Wichita plant, and is one of the largest and most iconic aircraft in our collection. Nicknamed “Midnight Express,” this particular B-52 spent its entire life in service with Strategic Air Command and accumulated 15,305 flight hours before its retirement.
Midnight Express was one of 110 G-model B-52s that saw combat duty as part of Operation Linebacker II in December 1972 during the Vietnam War. Less than 2 weeks after the Linebacker II strike, official representatives from the United States and Vietnam met in Paris to negotiate an end to the Vietnam War. The Paris Peace Accords were signed on January 27, 1973 and 591 American POWs were released during Operation Homecoming.