A B-52 bomber took part in training exercises over South Korean airspace on Tuesday simulating bombing raids on North Korea.
The symbol of brute American power during the Cold War took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and "successfully completed a four-hour training exercise," according to a military source here.
The U.S. Defense Department on Monday said a B-52 bomber already went on a training flight over the Korean Peninsula on March 8 and will continue to participate until joint military exercises end in April.
This is the first time the Pentagon has revealed the training schedule of a B-52 bomber here. Defense Department spokesman George Little said, "We are in the midst right now of sending a very strong signal we have a firm commitment to the alliance with [South Korea]. This is a stepped-up training effort to demonstrate our resolve to protect South Korea."
The B-52, sometimes dubbed the "Stratofortress," can be equipped with nuclear air-to-surface missiles with ranges of between 200 km to 2,500 km. The nuclear missile has a blast equivalent to 170 to 200 kt of TNT. The atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima, Japan had a blast equivalent to 15 kt of TNT.