Posts Tagged ‘B-52’


What am I impressed by?

February 28, 2012

I guess when you build them right, they last.  To fill the void in the program to build a new long-range bomber, the U.S. Air Force has turned to the B-52.  The first stratofortress made it maiden flight in 1952 and was the backbone of the Cold War (cue Dr. Strangelove.)

Tricked out with new radar, brakes and electronic equipment, these planes will carry advanced cruise missiles that will run the interference on air defenses.  The story here predicts that the planes in this program will fly through 2040 – almost a century of service – wow.