18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Bomber That You Did Not Know Before


18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 18
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The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a subsonic, jet-powered and a long-range strategic bomber. It was designed and built by Boeing and has been upgraded ever since. It is being operated by the US Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s and is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds worth of payload. Here are some facts about this amazing bomber

18. Right now, B-52s cost $70,000 per flight hour for operating.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 18

17. B-52s delivered 40% of weapons dropped from air during Operation Desert Storm.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 17

16. After the falling of Soviet Union in 1991, 365 B-52s were destroyed following the START treaty. These aircrafts were stripped off of usable parts and chopped into 5 pieces with a 13,000 pound steel blade and were sold for scrap at 12 cents per pound.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 16

15. In 1972, B-52 tail-gunner Albert Moore shot down a MiG-21 over Vietnam. This was the last known incident where a gunner-bomber to shoot down an enemy aircraft.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 15

14. In 1961, a B-52G broke up in midair over Goldsboro, NC. Two nuclear bombs on board were dropped in the process, thankfully they did not detonate. Once the bombs were retrieved, the Air Force found that five of the six stages of the arming sequence had been completed.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 14

13. Early models had cabin temperature problems; the upper-deck would get hot, because it was heated by the sun, while the navigation crew would sit on the cold fuselage floor.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 13

12. The B-52 G models were modified with a curved wing root fairing in order to comply with the SALT II Treaty requirements, cruise missile-capable aircraft had to be identifiable by spy satellites.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 12

11. The navigator and radar navigator sit in the lower deck of the aircraft. These are the two seats that eject downward.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 11

10. In 1964, a B-52 was configured to act as a testbed for investigating structural failures flew through severe turbulence, shearing off its vertical stabilizer. The aircraft was able to continue flying, and landed safely.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 10

9. The B-52 is expected to serve until the 2040s. That’s over 90 years of service.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 9

8. It features a unique ejection system; the lower deck crew eject downward.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 8

7. Its production ended back in 1962 thus making even the youngest B-52 being 53 years old.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 7

6. The B-52 can carry up to 70,000 pounds of ordnance, or the equivalent of 30 fully-loaded Cessna 172s.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 6

5. A total of 744 have been built so far, however, only 85 in active service, with 9 in reserve.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 5

4. It carried the North American X-15 that achieved the record for fastest manned powered aircraft, with a speed of Mach 6.72.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 4

3. During its design phase, some really amazing feats were achieved in aviation and it went through about 6 major redesigns. The YB-52 pictured here is the second-to-last major redesign.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 3

2. It was designed to carry nuclear weapons during the Cold War, however, has only taken conventional ordnance during combat missions.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 2

1. The B-52’s first flight was on 15th April, 1952, about 63 years ago.18 Amazing Facts About Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

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