|The Big, The Bad,
|The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress first flew in prototype form as the YB-52 on April 15th, 1952. The BUFF affectionately know as the "Big Ugly Fat F_ _ _ _ _
", while starting life strictly as a strategic nuclear bomber, has shown a remarkable versatility and life-span in it's multi-role delivery capabilities. Unique features to this aircraft also include the four tandem offset landing gear. In addition there
is an outrigger landing gear mounted on each of the wings. The B-52 uses eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P3 turbofans, with a water injection system to assist on takeoff. The water injection adds approximately a 17% increase to the takeoff power, also leaving
the runway covered in a dense smoke screen.
Truly a remarkable aircraft, when one considers the time at which it was designed, and the fact it's life span has been extended almost to the 21st century, now. I might imagine that this marvelous air frame has surpassed it's designed limit several times. If you get a chance to see one up close, have a look at the skin of the plane for it's characteristic skin rippling.
Retired it will be remebered as a Big Fine Flyer.
Engines- Eight 17,000lb st (75.6 kN) Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3 turbofans with water injection. Updated with P&W J57-P-43WB Turbojets
Wing Span- 185' (56.39m)
Length- 157' 7" (48.03m)
Maximum take off weight- 488,000 lbs (221,350 kg)
Max Speed- 650 mph (1,040 kmh) @ 20,000 ft.
Range- 12,500 miles (20,120 kilometers)
Armament (among many)- One M-61 20mm gun in GE turret, Up to 20 SRAM attack missiles on a rotary launcher, nuclear free fall bombs
|The B52G pictured her is from the 319th Bomb Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Squadron; 46th Bomber Squadron|
|The B52G makes a pass with flaps down and gear going up. The outriggers can be seen retracting on the left photo.|
|As the gear is nearly hidden you get a nice look at the flaps and the EVS (LLLTV)blister (port side below the nose) and the FLIR blister (starboard side.) The light blister on the side of the nose is the ALQ-117 radar warning antenna.|
|Flaps down and spoilers up||Flaps up and spoilers up|
|The B52G moves in "clean" at speed.|
|This photo, by the greenery looks like the european "theater"|
|Landing 'chute deployed|
|Three generations, B-52 G, B-1B, and B-2|
|Ready to run up the P&W's|
|Nice in flight photos.|
|In the Pacific "theater"|
|Wings over the Pacific||The Fire Bombers|
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