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Boeing B-52D Stratofortress - Maxwell AFB, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member kb7ywl
N 32° 22.925 W 086° 20.774
16S E 561495 N 3582975
Quick Description: Boeing B-52D Stratofortress s/n 55-0057
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 2/26/2012 11:37:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMDVH8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
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Long Description:
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, who has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the US Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s. The bomber carries up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons.

Beginning with the successful contract bid on 5 June 1946, the B-52 design evolved from a straight-wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB-52 with eight turbojet engines and swept wings. The B-52 took its maiden flight in April 1952. Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold War-era deterrence missions, the B-52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B-36. Although a veteran of a number of wars, the Stratofortress has dropped only conventional munitions in combat. Its Stratofortress name is rarely used outside of official contexts; it has been referred to by Air Force personnel as the BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fellow).

The B-52 has been in active service with the USAF since 1955. The bombers flew under the Strategic Air Command (SAC) until it was disestablished in 1992 and its aircraft absorbed into the Air Combat Command (ACC); in 2010 all B-52 Stratofortresses were transferred from the ACC to the new Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). Superior performance at high subsonic speeds and relatively low operating costs have kept the B-52 in service despite the advent of later aircraft, including the Mach 3 North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the variable-geometry Rockwell B-1B Lancer, and the stealthy Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit. The B-52 marked its 50th anniversary of continuous service with its original operator in 2005 and after being upgraded between 2013 and 2015 it will serve into the 2040's.

Source: Wikipedia
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): B-52D

Tail Number: (S/N): s/n 55-0057

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Maxwell AFB, AL

inside / outside: outside

Access restrictions:
Located in the Air Park on Maxwell AFB, AL.

Other Information:: Not listed

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