Why does this bomber have a white under belly?

It’s a thermal reflective coating designed to protect the bomber from the heat pulse of a nuclear bomb. When the B-52s were sent to carpet bomb Vietnam, SAC repainted the bottom of the fuselage black, the better to blend in to the sky.

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