Learn About the B-52 Stratofortress Association

The People Behind the B-52

We bring together all those who have been or are associated with the BUF—designers and builders, aircrew, maintainers, enthusiasts — to exchange memories. We try to help old buddies find each other -- anything it takes to keep alive the history of the weapon known in its early days as “America’s Long Rifle.”

Our Purpose

  • Document and perpetuate the history of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

  • Establish a B-52 Resource Center for future research in this history

  • Accumulate, exchange, and distribute educational and historical information on the B-52

  • Publish a quarterly newsletter to inform the membership and carry out the first two purposes

  • Organize periodic reunions of those who designed, manufactured, maintained, and operated the B-52, as well as anyone with an historical interest in the aircraft

  • Facilitate renewed and continued fellowship among those who share association with the B-52 Stratofortress

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Official Name; B-52 Stratofortress Association, also known as the B-52 Association.

Legal Entity; We are registered in the state of Ohio and are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization

Date Founded; We were organized in May 1994 with 50 members and today have more than 900 members

Current Officers

  • Col. Russ Stephenson, USAF (ret)


  • Lt. Col. James Bradley, USAF (ret)


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  • Major Tommy Towery, USAF (ret)

    Newsletter editor

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  • Col. James Hooppaw USAF (ret)

    President Emeritus

  • Lt. Col. Steve Miller, USAF (ret)

     Vice President

  • Major Richard Nelson, USAF (ret)


  • Lt. Col. Harry Bender, USAF (ret)

  • Col. Michael Edwards USAF (ret)

    President Emeritus 

  • Robert Harder

  • SSGT. Tim Hurst, USAF (ret)

  • Lt. Col. James Larkins, USAF (ret)

  • CMS Doug Seward, USAF (ret)

  • Steve Brown

  • Dave White

    Web Master

Board Meeting Minutes

  • August 29, 2020 Board Meeting

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Reunion News

Next Reunion: 2021 B52 Stratofortress Rendezvous & Memorial Dedication

When: Thursday September 9th - Sunday September 12th, 2021

Where: Wright Patterson AFB Dayton, OH

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