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B-52 "Stratofortress"

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B-52 Stratofortress

The first of two B-52 prototypes flew on 15 April 1952, and the B-52A production models first flew on 5 August 1954. One significant change from the production model was in flight deck layout, which changed the pilot tandem seating to side by side. Strategic Air Command (SAC) received its first B-52B in June 1955, and deliveries continued until October 1962.

The B-52 accommodated a crew of six (pilot and co-pilot, navigator, radar navigator, electronic counter measurer (ECM) operator, and gunner). It carried a wide variety of ECM systems. Other systems included 60,000 lbs of internal weapons, missiles, pylons, and a 20mm Vulcan gun. B-52 units based in Thailand began combat operations in Vietnam in 1965 with the support of ground forces, first occurring in November 1965. Between June 1965 and August 1973, SAC scheduled 126,663 B-52 sorties and launched 126,615.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Manufacturer: Boeing
Wing Span: 185 ft
Length: 157 ft 7 in
Height: 40 ft 8 in
Max T-O Weight: 488,000 lb
Quantity Produced: 744
Speed: 650 mph
Power Plant: Eight P&W J-57-P-43WB Turbojets
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