Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Boeing B-52D - “Stratofortress”
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.
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.
Maximum Speed: 546 mph at 19,000 ft.
Cruising Speed: 453 mph.
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 Program
Erected by Air Force Flight Test Center Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical date for this entry is April 15, 1952.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 34° 54.761′ N, 117° 55.284′ W. Marker was in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker could be reached from Rosamond Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Edwards Air Force Base is not open to the public. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 405 Rosamond Boulevard, Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. PGM-17A "Thor" (within shouting distance of this marker); Piper PA-48 “Enforcer” (within shouting distance of this marker); UC-45J - "Expeditor" (within shouting distance of this marker); N.F.-11 (T.T.-20) - “Meteor” (within Air Force Flight Test Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockheed SR-71A “Blackbird” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); T-33A “Shooting Star” (about 300 feet away); F-84F - "Thunderstreak" (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
1. B-52 Demolished.
This B-52 tail number 60585 was cannibalized and its parts were donated to provide parts for other B-52's on display at other museums. The rest of the aircraft was demolished in 2016.
Another B-52, tail number 008, is on display outside the North Gate near the town of North Edwatds.
— Submitted May 12, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 686 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on March 16, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on April 20, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.