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Old 02-13-2018, 03:21 AM
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Default USAF B-52 to outlive younger aircraft

The venerable USAF B-52 heavy bomber - first conceived in the 1950s will soldier on up to its 100th birthday if Air Force planning goes as usual. Younger B-1 and Stealth B-2s now are planned to be retired by 2030(s) - not the 2058 as earlier planned.

As a Vietnam vet - the 'higher tailed' B-52D model will forever be associated with that conflict. The last bombers off the production line in the 1960s were the B-52H model - with about 90 still in service (of the total of all 744 B-52s built) and others 'retired' in storage or used for cannibalization of parts. One B-52H was recently taken out of desert storage and returned to flying status.

They've been modernized countless times and will be continually modified to remain in survival able active service.

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Old 02-13-2018, 11:25 PM
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That longevity is a real testament to the design, engineering and overall construction of that air frame. Wonder why the B52's younger brothers are scheduled to be retired earlier than planned?
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