The B-52 is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered bomber capable of carrying 70,000 pounds of weapons and has a typical combat range of over 8,800 miles without aerial refueling. The current YB-52 has eight turboprop engines and was built to carry nukes for Cold War-era deterrence missions. Thus far, in combat, the B-52 has only dropped conventional (dumb bomb) munitions in combat. The official name Stratofortress is rarely used; informally it has become commonly referred to as BUFF, a military sobriquet whose last "F" cannot be printed here, but the first three letters in the acronym stand for "Big Ugly Fat".
Earlier this week, Corpulent Kim fired off four ballistic missiles into the seas less than 200 miles off Japan's coast. For this, President Trump is sending in B-1 and B-52 bombers to show he's fed up with Kim's shenanigans.
The annual Foal Eagle military exercises with U.S. and South Korean troops are currently taking place, another stern warning to Kim. About 300,000 South Koreans and 15,000 U.S. personnel are taking part in the operation.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the U.S. "remains steadfast in its commitment" to defend South Korea, according to Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis.
"He further emphasized that any attack on the United States or its allies will be defeated and any use of nuclear weapons will be met with a response that is effective and overwhelming," Capt. Davis said.
The Korean Times reports that the Trump administration is also expected to deploy a series of strategic assets from Guam and Japan. Also, the USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class super-carrier will join the Foal Eagle exercise as it rendezvous from San Diego.
The USS Carl Vinson will carry 24 F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters, 10 air tankers, six SH-3H Sea King helicopters, four EA-6B Prowler jamming aircraft, 10 S-3 Viking anti-sub aircraft and four E-2 Hawkeye early warning aircraft.
It will be accompanied by the USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) a guided-missile cruiser, and two Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.
The U.S. Marine Corps in Japan will deploy F-35B stealth fighters.
"An F-35B is capable of evading anti-aircraft radar and making preemptive strikes," a military spokesman said.
According to Pyongyang's Korea Central News Agency, Kim has stressed "a need for preparation for a fight."
I don't think he'd get past the first minute of the first round.