North Dakota senators push for modernizing MAFB B-52s

MINOT, N.D. - North Dakota's senators are leading a bipartisan push to prioritize federal funding to modernize Minot Air Force Base's B-52 long-range strike bombers in the president's upcoming budget to support the country's national security.

“Modernization of the B-52s is part of what we're going to do in our next budget as a priority. This is critical, not only to our national security, but it's a critical piece of infrastructure we need for the Minot Air Base,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Modernizing the engines on the B-52 long-range strike bomber would substantially extend aircraft lifespan, reduce the cost to maintain older engines, increase fuel efficiency and flying time, and reduce the bomber's carbon footprint.