There is an old joke that runs through the bomber fleet that when the B-1 and B-2 bombers are retired, the pilots will be flown home from the boneyard in the B-52 Stratofortress.
In this article, we will share with you a walking tour of the B-52 Stratofortress Bomber. The aircraft in the video is the B-52H with serial 61-031, a 60-years old airframe assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 307th Bomb Wing.
Lt. Col. Aaron Bohl, an instructor pilot, guides the viewers in the external walkaround as done by a pilot.
Lt. Col. Bohl used an interesting anecdote: “The last Civil War veteran was still alive when this aircraft was entering the Air Force, and the last B-52 pilot has not been born yet”.
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The B-52 flew for the first time in 1952, while the first aircraft entered service in 1955. During the 10-year production, 742 B-52 in various versions were built, including 102 in the current B-52H configuration built between 1960 and 1962.
Later Maj. Brian Heck, Maj. John Roberts and Staff Sergeant Todd Bevan took over to explain the different parts of the B-52 Stratofortress Bomber.
Here is the video:
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades.
It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s.
The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling
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