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B-52D "Stratofortress"

 
 
B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
1. B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker
Inscription.  Plans for the B-52 began as early as 1945, but the first flight of a B52D was not until June 4, 1956. The operational life of the B-52 spans the period from 1957 to the present, and included the most critical phase of the war in Vietnam.

The Aircraft you see here was among 170 B52Ds manufactured by Boeing Airplane Company, and was equipped exclusively for long-range bombing missions. "Calamity Jane," as she is called, has been demilitarized, but remains in the night camouflage used during Vietnam Operations.

Permanent loan from the U.S. Air Force
Accommodation: Crew of six
Gross Weight : 450,000 LB
Wing Span: 185 ft.
Length: 157 ft. 7 in.
Height with Fin Vertical: 48 ft. 3 in.
Total fuel capacity: 41,700 gal.
Armament Capacity: 84 500 lb. bombs in bomb bay
13 750 lb. bombs under each wing
Maximum speed Approx., 660mph at 20,000 ft
Service Ceiling: 65,000 ft.
Range: 10,000 miles
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, Vietnam. A significant historical date for this entry is June 4, 1956.
 
Location. 30° 40.986′ 
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N, 88° 0.978′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on Battleship Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile AL 36601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sikorsky Helicopter "SeaGuard" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); The Fallen Guardians Monument (about 300 feet away); 41-Foot Utility Boat (about 300 feet away); 26 - Foot Motor Surfboat (about 300 feet away); T-55 Main Battle Tank (about 400 feet away); An Unheralded Breed of Soldier (about 400 feet away); Tristan de Luna y Arellano (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
 
B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
2. B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker
B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
3. B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker
B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 8, 2011
4. B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker
B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
5. B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker
B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
6. B-52D "Stratofortress" Marker
Battleship Memorial Park viewed from the main deck of the USS ALABAMA (BB-60) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
7. Battleship Memorial Park viewed from the main deck of the USS ALABAMA (BB-60)
Among the military vehicles and aircraft on display is the B-52D "Stratofortress", upper left, with the skyline of Mobile in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 3,275 times since then and 146 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   5, 6. submitted on June 20, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   7. submitted on June 25, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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