America prepares to put nuclear-armed bombers on 24-hour alert for first time since 1991

America’s Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers on 24-hour standby for the first time in a quarter of a century amid escalating tensions with North Korea.

The move would see B-52 planes carrying nuclear weapons sitting on the runway at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and ready to fly when given the order.

It would be the first time the status was put in place since 1991, when the Cold War was nearing an end.

  • The Buddhist Butterfly

    Great Again!

  • Hard Little Machine

    Not an entirely bad idea. It depends on the alert status. There are different levels of ’24 hr alert’ from parking planes on the tarmac ready to take off to planes ready to take off minimal interval to being in the air armed, cocked and ready and so on. During the Cold War there were several ops; Chrome Dome, Hardhead, Headstart, Giant Lance, Round Robin and others where armed bombers were constantly flown in a loiter pattern around the Soviet Union 24 hrs a day. This is not that. And Barksdale only hosts about half the operational B-52’s. The other half are based in Minot, ND.

  • Yaacov ben Moshe

    Q. How do you clear out a North Korean Bingo Hall?
    A. Call out B-52 (or B-1 calling out B-2 doesn’t work cause the B-2 is a stealth ship)

    • Hey the same thing worked in Iraq, didn’t it.

  • simus1

    Use the ones going stale dated first people, save every dollar you can.

  • DaninVan

    Louisiana?! N.Korea??? Could they get any farther away? Or give any more time for N. Korea to attack the Pacific allies (S. Korea, Japan) before they arrive?
    Fercrissake; I wish the US would STOP telegraphing it’s plans and intentions!
    This in fact sounds way more like a warning to Iran than N. Korea, whatever the Public is being told.
    HLM’s point about N. Dakota makes way more sense.

    • Hard Little Machine

      They can’t use Kadena AFB on Okinawa because Japanese law forbids basing nukes

      • DVult

        They law against receiving nukes is a wonderful deterrent to NK.

  • Blind Druid

    He is scaring the crap out of that little asshole. Unlike Obama.

    • That’s because Обама was such the Фаггот, anything scared the crap out of him!

  • The US and its local allies should launch a preemptive surprise attack on NoKo asap. First, carpet bomb (using massive bunker buster bombs) all buildings where Kim and his cronies might be at the time (better still, using satellite pictures make sure they are there), and all possible locations of missile launchers as well as airports, tanks, ships, etc. Immediately after, launch massive land, sea, and air attack on all NoKo to crush all its armed forces. Forewarn China to lay off or else.