The B-52 is scheduled to stay in service until 2050. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
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The B-52, which people have called "aging" seemingly for ages, is now likely to outlive its younger, snazzier brother bombers, the swing-wing B-1 and the stealthy B-2 .The B-52 is expected to soar past those timelines, remaining part of the combat force until midcentury.Aware of the political impact of any change in the structure of the bomber force, Wilson said the number of bomber bases will not shrink.In its 2019 budget request Monday, the Air Force asked for $280 million for B-52 upgrades.No longer the saturation bomber associated with the Vietnam War, the B-52 had been updated and adapted to a range of combat missions.The Air Force now has 20 B-2s, all at Whiteman Air Force Base, in Missouri, and 62 B-1s at several bases including Texas' Dyess base.
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