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Emteein
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B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
Air Force baws, What makes the B-52 still viable as a military air craft? surely, we have better technology, materials, or designs by now, right?

I'm really blown away by this fact: The B-52 has been in service since 1955, 63 years. that is a longer period of time than from the first powered flight(1903) to the introduction of the B-52 to service, 52 years.


Cosmo
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
Simple plane. Relatively cheap to maintain. They have done some upgrades to it over the years but still very relevant as heavy bomber


biggsc
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
They will still be in service until 2045-2050, then will be replaced by the B-21


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supatigah
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
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A total of 102 B-52Hs were built. The last production aircraft, B-52H AF Serial No. 61-0040, left the factory on 26 October 1962.[231] XR-16A


LSUBoo
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
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B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?



It can fly long distances and carry/drop a lot of shite.


Agforlife
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
Good design, versatile, large payload, etc


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BloodSweat&Beers
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Member since Jan 2012
7436 posts

re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
Don't need anything fancy to carpet bomb the frick out of something.



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rmnldr
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Member since Oct 2013
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
They’re not the same airframes as the ones back then. It’s a well-designed aircraft that is good at dropping payloads on relatively undefended areas. Just like the C-130, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

We do have other bombers in the arsenal already like the B-1 and B-2 which will have their roles taken over by the new B-21.


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Boston911
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Member since Dec 2013
757 posts

re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
While the airframe may be 1960s, engines, systems, avionics have been upgraded continuously. Everything besides the frame is modern


ksayetiger
Wisconsin Fan
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Member since Jul 2007
52076 posts

re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
Because they are based out of barksdale and shreveport/bossier >>>> almost every other city.


But seriously, it still does the job it needs to do. Simple yet effective


rmnldr
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Member since Oct 2013
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
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Everything besides the frame is modern


I talked to a B-52 pilot at the air show in NO last year from Barksdale and I think he said almost all or all the current B-52s flying are 1970s and later airframes. Still pretty old but it’s a lot better than 50s/60s lol.
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Sticky37
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Member since Jun 2016
369 posts

re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
It fits a certain niche perfectly.
It's really still the cutting edge of design as far as big, reliable, heavy bombers with long range goes.

Need a bomber that can fly long distance while going undetected to drop bombs on a precise target? We have that too B-2.

Need an aircraft that can hit precise targets that aren't exactly that far away? F-15 strike eagle.

Need a flying tank remover? A-10 Thunderbolt 2.

In short it would cost a crap ton of money to design a new platform that can do what the B-52 already does and it wouldn't be much of an improvement.


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foshizzle
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
It is designed to carry lots of bombs to drop in uncontested airspace. They aren't flying those things through heavy antiair defenses. Or really any antiair defense at all.

But it's great for just plastering a wide area of bad guys hidden in caves in the open desert.


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Notro
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?


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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
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I'm really blown away by this fact: The B-52 has been in service since 1955, 63 years. that is a longer period of time than from the first powered flight(1903) to the introduction of the B-52 to service, 52 years.


The main heavy bomber (TU-95 bear bomber) for the Russians is prop driven so I think we are ok.


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mofungoo
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
Because 60,000 pounds of bombs.


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OchoDedos
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Tejas
Member since Oct 2014
8650 posts

re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
the main mission of Tinker AFB, OK City, is depot overhaul/repair of B-52's and B-1's

basically after so many number of cycles theyre rebuilt


Jim Rockford
LSU Fan
Member since May 2011
63447 posts

re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
Good enough for nondefended environments. Otherwise it's a big fat target. The relatively unsophisticated (by modern standards) air defense network above North Vietnam was already too dangerous for the B52 by the early seventies.


Tchefuncte Tiger
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Member since Oct 2004
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re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
...and this bad boy, too.

Image: https://www.airteamimages.com/pics/208/208400_800.jpg



I've made several trans-Atlantic flights on one of these. Most comfortable ride ever when you're aft swinging in a hammock.
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MikeBRLA
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2005
11016 posts

re: B-52 Stratofortress, how is it still in service?
What is the round thing in the middle in front of the B-52?


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