Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
Apologies for the poor Q. This is a shot from the 1980s so it is over 35 years old.
To view this more closely, click on FULL. The quality won't get any better, but it will make it easier to see thru all the smoke.
There are some who won't have any clue of what they are viewing in this shot. But there are plenty of military, both AD and Retired, who will instantly recognize this situation ... and for some, this will bring back a flood of memories.
There are four B-52Gs in this shot which was taken at Loring AFB, Maine. All four were assigned to the 69th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) in the 42nd Bomb Wing at Loring. This was a "Cart Start" during the first few moments of an Alert Force Launch. Not visible in this photo (off to the right), eight KC-135s are also starting engines for launch right behind these BUFFs. From unattended and shut down, all twelve (these four 52s and the eight KCs) HAD to be airborne and target-bound within six minutes max ... because it was known that a missile launched from Russia would take seven minutes to arrive and obliterate Loring AFB, and the twelve aircraft HAD to be gone by then.