YouTube B-52 Bomber
B-52 Bomber Specifications
$69,708 per hour
8 x 17,000 lbs ea.
159 ft. 4 in.
The B-52 Bomber, produced by Boeing and 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.
B-52 bomber aircraft played a major role in the Vietnam War. They dropped over 2.9 million tons of ordnance during its duration.
During the first days of the Gulf War B-52 bomber aircraft launched cruise missiles to take out key targets. Eventually they flew 1,624 missions.
During the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the B-52 bomber, flying from bases in England, was again active.
Today B-52 bomber aircraft are also used in cooperation with the United States Navy for sea patrols, mine laying, and air to ship operations.
The B-52 bomber is the primary nuclear bomber and the only air launched cruise missile platform in the U. S. Air Force. It can carry nuclear or conventional weapons.
B-52 bomber airplanes are periodically being rebuilt and upgraded to extend their service life. Most recent upgrades include the installation of satellite uplink system communications equipment.
The B-52 bomber is capable of delivering virtually any airborne ordnance that the United States possesses.
The U.S.A.F. expects to spend up to US$11.9 billion for B-52 maintenance and modernization.
July 15, 2019: Raytheon will supply the radar for the B-52 bomber Radar Modernization Program. Raytheon stated that they will be designing, developing and producing active electronically scanned array radar systems for the entire U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber fleet. It is expected that this will increase reliable navigation for bombing missions and is intended to ensure mission readiness through 2050.
Jan. 16, 2020: The United States Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Raytheon US$442,265,464 for the testing, design, development, integration, and logistical support of a Force Element Terminal (FET) system that will transition the B-52 bomber and RC-135 hardened communication terminals from the Military Strategic Tactical Relay satellite communications satellite constellation to the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite constellation”. Completion is anticipated by August of 2023.
July 17, 2020: The U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center awarded Northrop Grumman US$35,964,710 ‘for repair of 174 B-52 bomber engine nose cowls”. Work should be finished by July of 2021.
A total of 744 B-52 bomber aircraft were built, with the last one delivered in Oct. 1962. About 94 remain in service.
RC B-52 Bomber
We have seen some fantastic scratch built RC B-52 bomber 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 foot wingspan and weight is about 320 lbs.
If you go to RC Groups you will find the RC B-52 bomber thread from Trbdsl96 aka Jason. He announced that he is selling the RC B-52 bomber 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.
Th RC B-52 bomber built from a kit by Green Air Design has a wingspan of 36″. Materials used to construct it are Depron foam and wood. The kit includes a brushless pusher motor.