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THE AMAZING B 52 BOMBER

Discussion in 'Post War 1945-1955' started by gusord, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. gusord

    gusord Member

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    From what I have read the B-52 first came on the scene in the mid fifeties. What an amazing
    aircraft and bomber. Its still around today - vietnam war, desert storm, iraq , aphanistan, etc.
    I dont think Curtis LeMay ever realized the true potential of this aircraft. Has been a vital
    part of SAC - strategic air command.

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  2. DaveBj

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    Here's a link to a January 1957 Popular Science article on the then-new B-52. I was 10 years old when I read this, and I was certainly impressed.

    PopSci Archive Viewer | Popular Science

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  3. Biak

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    If I did this right the link should take you to the Boeing "Frontiers" magazine with a short article of the last B-52 built.

    Frontiers June 2012 Issue
     
  4. George Patton

    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    I'm sure he did. As one of the pioneers of strategic bombing, LeMay envision massive bomber fleets that could drop tons of bombs on targets anywhere in the world with pinpoint accuracy in a variety of weather conditions. The B-52 certainly does that. LeMay was also closely associate with the development of the bomber. Remember that SAC was under his command until 1957, and after that he served as Secretary of the Air Force. I'm sure LeMay knew very well about the capabilities of the aircraft. The question is whether he realized it would be in service for over 50 years. For years after his retirement from the USAF, he still received briefings at the Pentagon as a courtesy; so he remained involved in USAF affairs in some degree or anther until his death in 1990.
     
  5. CAC

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    Am proud to say we hd 52s based here in Darwin...Used to sit at the end of the runway and watch them take-off...taxiing..running...running...running...running! And just when you think its going to plow into the back fence it lifts its nose and leaves the ground...it then lumbers into the sky...
     
  6. DaveBj

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    I've heard it said that the B-52 doesn't take off; it just taxies really fast until the curvature of the earth takes the ground out from under it :D

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  7. PzJgr

    PzJgr Drill Instructor

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    And to think that this bird will be around for the next 20 yrs. If you think watching the BUFF take off is a sight, have a look at a C-5 Galaxy. That is a slooooooow take off.
     
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    They decided to land the BUFF currently at IWM Duxford directly instead of at a larger field and dimantling it, as it came from across the Atlantic they couldn't have stripped it down that much.
    B 52 Landing at Duxford - YouTube
     
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    If you think watching one or more take off, you ought to see a whole batch of them practicing low-level ground following bombing runs. Here in Montana they used to fly up and down a couple of a valley or two in our rolling hills. Or out on the "big open" using our Big Sky for all the room they needed. That was a sight, I think these guys were based out of South Dakota, not Great Falls Montana.
     
  10. DaveBj

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    I have wondered why they never re-engined the -52s with more modern turbofan engines, like are on the Boeing airliners. Anyone know?

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  11. George Patton

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    There were discussions about replacing the 8 Pratt and Whitney engines with 4 Rollys-Royce engines in the 1970s, but nothing came of it. The big price tag (3 billion, if I recall correctly) meant that the idea was put on "hold" indefinitely, despite the additional range and increased fuel economy that this would have provided to the B-52s. Replacing the engines has been kicked around from time to time in recent years as well.
     
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    That was a rough landing and a pretty old plane. Better than ending up in the boneyard or worse.
     
  13. Victor Gomez

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    Dave, according to Wiki, it originally evolved from a 1946 design that included 6 turboprop engines. What a massive evolution through the years and perhaps we will have to be re-using it if our stealth weapons don't gain a longer life at a more reasonable price.
     

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