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Boeing B-52D - “Stratofortress”

 
 
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By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
1. Boeing B-52D - “Stratofortress” Marker
Inscription. The first prototye B-52 took to the air on 15 April 1952. Nearly 750 B-52s were eventually built, of which 170 were –Ds. Records set by B-52s included the worlds first non-stop round-the-world flight by a jet aircraft and the first hydrogen bomb drop. B-52s began flying combat missions in Southeast Asia (SEA) in June 1965. By August 1973, they had flown 126,615 combat sorties with 17 B-52s lost to enemy action.

The aircraft on display flew combat missions in SEA while assigned to Andersen AFB, Guam. After further assignments to Dyess AFB and Carswell AFB, Texas, it was flight delivered to the museum on 14 Sep 83. Restoration by the Strategic Systems Maintenance Branch.

Specifications
Wing Span: 185 Ft.
Length: 156 ft 6 in.
Height: 48 ft 4 in.
Weight: (empty) 177, 816 lbs.
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 450,000 lbs.
Engines Eight Pratt & Whitney: J57s
Thrust: 12,000 lbs each.
Armament: Four .50-cal machine guns in tail plus 43,000 lbs of conventional or nuclear bombs.
Crew: Six

Performance
Maximum Speed: 546 mph at 19,000 ft.
Cruising Speed: 453 mph.
Maximum Range: 3,110 miles.
Service Ceiling: 47,300 ft.
Takeoff Ground Run: 8,200 ft.
Combat Rate of Climb: 4,760 fpm.

This aircraft is on loan from the USAF Museum
Boeing B-52D - “Stratofortress” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
2. Boeing B-52D - “Stratofortress” Marker
Program
 
Erected by Air Force Flight Test Center Museum.
 
Location. 34° 54.761′ N, 117° 55.284′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from South Rosamond Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. This is next to the AFFTC Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 South Rosamond Boulevard, Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. PGM-17A "Thor" (within shouting distance of this marker); UC-45J - "Expeditor" (within shouting distance of this marker); N.F.-11 (T.T.-20) - “Meteor” (within shouting distance of this marker); T-33A “Shooting Star” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); F-84F - "Thunderstreak" (about 300 feet away); NF-4C - "Phantom II" (about 300 feet away); T-28B - "Trojan" (about 300 feet away); CT-39A - "Sabreliner" (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
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Categories. Air & Space
 
Boeing B-52D image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
3. Boeing B-52D
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4. Boeing B-52D
Stragegic Air Command Logo image. Click for full size.
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5. Stragegic Air Command Logo
Strategic Systems Maintenance Branch image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
6. Strategic Systems Maintenance Branch
1989 - 1990
Boswell & Yaw
Boeing B-52D image. Click for full size.
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7. Boeing B-52D
I.D. Number on the B-52 image. Click for full size.
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8. I.D. Number on the B-52
Boeing B-52D image. Click for full size.
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9. Boeing B-52D
 
 
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