Out of the Boneyard, Into the Fight: Ghost Rider Flies Again

Lt. Col. Jeremy Holmes, 69th Bomb Squadron commander, peers out a window of the B-52H Stratofortress Ghost Rider at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. In 2008, Ghost Rider was sent to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka Boneyard, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and has spent the last year at both Barksdale AFB, La. and Tinker AFB, Okla., undergoing equipment transfers of usable equipment and undergoing inspections and corrective maintenance actions to ensure its airworthiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Lt. Col. Jeremy Holmes, 69th Bomb Squadron commander, peers out a window of the B-52H Stratofortress Ghost Rider at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. In 2008, Ghost Rider was sent to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka Boneyard, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and has spent the last year at both Barksdale AFB, La. and Tinker AFB, Okla., undergoing equipment transfers of usable equipment and undergoing inspections and corrective maintenance actions to ensure its airworthiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Robert Crane, 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight chief, stands next to the B-52H Stratofortress Ghost Rider at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. Crane, who was the primary crew chief on Ghost Rider when it was stationed here in the 90s and named the aircraft, came to see its return to Minot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Robert Crane, 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight chief, stands next to the B-52H Stratofortress Ghost Rider at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. Crane, who was the primary crew chief on Ghost Rider when it was stationed here in the 90s and named the aircraft, came to see its return to Minot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

The B-52H Stratofortress 61-007, aka Ghost Rider, sits in the alternate parking area at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. Ghost Rider returned to Minot after nearly eight years at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka Boneyard, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

The B-52H Stratofortress 61-007, aka Ghost Rider, sits in the alternate parking area at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. Ghost Rider returned to Minot after nearly eight years at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka Boneyard, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Capt. Doug Warnock, 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, holds an American flag in front of The B-52H Stratofortress 61-007, aka Ghost Rider, at Diego Garcia, July 2002. Warnock now serves as the 5th Bomb Wing operations group commander. (Courtesy Photo)

Capt. Doug Warnock, 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, holds an American flag in front of The B-52H Stratofortress 61-007, aka Ghost Rider, at Diego Garcia, July 2002. Warnock now serves as the 5th Bomb Wing operations group commander. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff Sgt. Dylan Wall, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief (left), and Robert Crane, 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight chief, watch as the B-52H Stratofortress Ghost Rider taxis to the alternate parking area at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. Crane was the primary crew chief on Ghost Rider when it was stationed here in the 90s. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Staff Sgt. Dylan Wall, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief (left), and Robert Crane, 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight chief, watch as the B-52H Stratofortress Ghost Rider taxis to the alternate parking area at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. Crane was the primary crew chief on Ghost Rider when it was stationed here in the 90s. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

The B-52H Stratofortress Ghost Rider sits in the alternate parking area at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. In 2008, Ghost Rider was sent to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka Boneyard, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and has spent the last year at both Barksdale AFB, La. and Tinker AFB, Okla., undergoing equipment transfers of usable equipment and undergoing inspections and corrective maintenance actions to ensure its airworthiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

The B-52H Stratofortress Ghost Rider sits in the alternate parking area at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. In 2008, Ghost Rider was sent to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka Boneyard, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and has spent the last year at both Barksdale AFB, La. and Tinker AFB, Okla., undergoing equipment transfers of usable equipment and undergoing inspections and corrective maintenance actions to ensure its airworthiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Nose art adorns the side of the B-52H Stratofortress 61-007 aka Ghost Rider at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. Ghost Rider returned to Minot after nearly eight years at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka Boneyard, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Nose art adorns the side of the B-52H Stratofortress 61-007 aka Ghost Rider at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. Ghost Rider returned to Minot after nearly eight years at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka Boneyard, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Capt. Doug Warnock (right) and other members of the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron hold American flags in front of The B-52H Stratofortress 61-007, aka Ghost Rider, at Diego Garcia, July 2002. Warnock now serves as the 5th Bomb Wing operations group commander. (Courtesy Photo)

Capt. Doug Warnock (right) and other members of the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron hold American flags in front of The B-52H Stratofortress 61-007, aka Ghost Rider, at Diego Garcia, July 2002. Warnock now serves as the 5th Bomb Wing operations group commander. (Courtesy Photo)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- The B-52H Stratofortress 61-007, aka Ghost Rider, sits in the alternate parking area after returning to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2016. Ghost Rider returned to Minot after nearly eight years at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka Boneyard, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Robert Crane, 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight chief, who was the primary crew chief on Ghost Rider when it was stationed here in the 90s and named the aircraft, came to see its return to Minot.