Karl Malone, NBA Hall of Famer, smiles for a photo in a B-52H Stratofortress during an incentive flight as a part of a visit to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 5, 2020. Malone flew a training sortie with the 96th Bomb Squadron.

B-52s have a range of almost 9,000 miles. They are capable of deploying nuclear munitions and have a bombload of 70,000 lbs (nuclear and conventional).