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8 x 17,000 lbs ea.
Gordon Nichols and his rc B-52.
We have seen some fantastic scratch built rc B-52 airplanes, but don't know of many kits for them.
Pictured above is the rc B-52 scratch built by Gordon Nichols. It has a 23' wingspan and weight is about 320 lbs.
The Boeing B-52, known as the Stratofortress, was originally designed as a high altitude bomber. Due to increased effectiveness of anti aircraft defenses they have also developed low altitude, high speed penetration tactics.
The airplane had its specifications released by the United States Air Force in 1946 and first flew on April 15, 1952. Today, it is still going strong.
Sergio Vergara's rc B-52.
We received the following email from master builder Sergio Vergara:
"I usually built my own radio control airplanes, but I recently had an opportunity to build and test fly a rc B-52 from a well known Chinese manufacturer who is developing a kit. This is my experience with the prototype.
The rc B-52 kit comes very complete and almost ready to fly. It is made made primarily from foam that is fully painted. I understand that it will be available with a full set of decals. To give the model some "character" I put my own decals on the tail. All control surfaced come hinged. The wings have a carbon-fiber tube mounted in them.
There are recesses already made for the servos. A wooden spar runs through each aileron and flap for strength. The fuselage has a wooden support structure on both sides and contains a
battery tray. Four ducted fans in the inboard engine positions power the rc B-52. These are included in the kit. The illustrated instructions are very clear and the model was ready for its first flights in just a few short hours.
At the flying field a range check was performed on the rc B-52. All controls responded properly and it was ready to fly. A very gentle wind was
blowing straight down the runway. The model was placed at the far end. The rc B-52 moved out the instant I added throttle. The sound the four electric ducted fans
made was terrific! She rolled straight down the runway and lifted off just before full throttle. Like the real aircraft, the rc B-52 needed quite a lot of up elevator to
establish a decent climb rate. However, it was not underpowered. It moved along at a very good pace and I had to throttle back for more scale-like flight.
Once the rc B-52 was up "two mistakes high" I tested stall response. The airplane was very stable at low speeds as I kept adding up elevator. The stall was indicated by just a straight ahead slight droop of the nose. To recover, all that was necessary was adding throttle. Although lots of power is available from the four EDF units, it does take a while for the rc B-52 to build up flying speed after the stall. This is a big airplane.
There is enough power for loops and rolls, but that isn't how a B-52 flies. It looks terrific making "bomb runs" and flying a low pattern.
When it was time to land I was anticipating that the rc B-52 would pitch down when the big flaps were dropped. While there was a slight change in flight attitude, it was small and I did not have to compensate for it. The rc B-52 slowed beautifully while floating down over the end of the runway. After my knees stopped shaking I realized that this is one of the easiest of all my rc airplanes to land! The rc B-52 is such a stable flier that I don't have any problems recommending it as a first large multi engine rc airplane project.
RC B-52 specifications: wingspan: 74"; length: 56.5"; power: 4 unspecified EDF units.
I will contact you if I hear any more details about the project from the manufacturer. - Regards, Sergio Vergara"
The bombers played a major role in the Vietnam War. They dropped over 2.9 million tons of ordnance during its duration.
RC Groups Jason and his rc B-52.
If you go to RC Groups you will find the rc B-52 thread from Trbdsl96 aka Jason. He announced that he is selling the rc B-52 in 49 piece kits. Its wingspan is 86" with power by four 55 mm fan units. Weight of the foamy, ready to fly, is about 10 1/2 lbs.
During the first days of the Gulf War the bombers launched cruise missiles to take out key targets. Eventually they flew 1,624 missions.
RC B-52 pusher prop by RC Groups Jason.
In the picture immediately above is the rc B-52 driven by a Himax motor turning a 9 x 7 pusher prop, built by Jason of RC Groups. We do not have any additional information about the rc airplane.
During the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the bombers, flying from bases in England, were again active.
Today they are also used in cooperation with the United States Navy for sea patrols, mine laying, and air to ship operations.
RC B-52 by Peter Angus.
Peter Angus posted the above picture of his great looking 10 year old rc B-52 driven by pusher engine power. If anyone has any additional information about the rc B-52, we would appreciate hearing from you.
The airplane is the primary nuclear bomber and the only air launched cruise missile platform in the U. S. A. F. It can carry nuclear or conventional weapons.
RC B-52 from ParkJets plans.
The rc B-52 above is from Parkjet plans designed by Superhornet. It is a foamy that has a 40 1/2" wingspan and a 35 1/2" length. Power comes from an electric motor turning a 10 x 7 pusher prop. Weight is around 18 oz.
The airplanes are periodically being rebuilt and upgraded to extend their service life. Most recent upgrades include the installation of satellite uplink system communications equipment.
John Pearson with his rc B-52.
John Pearson built the rc B-52 shown above as a test model on which he based a much larger slope soarer. The rc B-52 has a 78" wingspan, is made entirely from balsawood, and weighs around 6.5 lbs.
The airplane is capable of delivering virtually any airborne ordnance that the United States possesses.
John Pearson and crew with his rc B-52.