B-52 Bomber

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B-52 Bomber Specifications
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$30 million
$69,708 per hour
heavy bomber
P&W J57
8 x 17,000 lbs ea.
185,000 lbs.
488,000 lbs.
70,000 lbs.
159 ft. 4 in.
185 ft.
525 mph
650 mph
6,270 fpm
50,000 feet
8,800 miles


 B-52 Bomber

B-52 Bomber

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.


2 thoughts on “B-52 Bomber”

  1. I designed and scratch-built a B-52 bomber in probably 1997 or 1998. The fuselage is constructed with balsa with semi-monocoque structure. The tail feathers are solid sheet balsa with lightening holes and the wings are of foam core, balsa skin sandwich with Clark Y airfoil. It has 3 channel flight controls which consist of 2 micro servos for ailerons, and 2 standard servos for rudder and elevator controls. Model is covered with Monokote and painted.

    The B-52 bomber model has about 72″ span, but I can’t remember the weight. It flew gracefully and beautifully over our local slope and looked just like the real thing in the air.

  2. I usually built my own radio control airplanes, but I recently had an opportunity to build and test fly a B-52 bomber from a well known Chinese manufacturer that is developing a kit.  This is my experience with the prototype.

    The B-52 bomber 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 B-52 bomber. 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 airplane.  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 B-52 bomber 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 B-52 bomber 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 B-52 bomber 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 B-52 bomber 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 bomber flies.  It looks terrific making “bomb runs” and flying a low pattern.

    When it was time to land I was anticipating that the airplane 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 B-52 bomber 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 airplanes to land! The B-52 bomber is such a stable flier that I don’t have any problems recommending it as a first large multi engine airplane project.
    B-52 Bomber 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

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