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B-52H, 61-0023 of the 2nd Bomb Wing at Nellis AFB, February 1, 2000 Boeing B-52H-170 Stratofortress, 61-023 of the 2nd Bomb Wing on approach to Nellis Air Force Base during a red flag exercise in February 2000.

B-52H-170 Stratofortress, 61-023 of the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB on approach to Nellis Air Force Base, February 1, 2000 Boeing B-52H-170 Stratofortress, 61-023 of the 2nd Bomb Wing. It is based a Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana carries tail code LA. An AGM-142 Have Nap rocket-boosted television-guided glide bomb can be seen on the left weapons pylon. Its power and control unit is carried on rear station of the right pylon.

Visit the web site of Barksdale Air Force Base.

Visit the web site of the 2nd Bomb Wing.

Visit the Federation of American Scientists web page describing the AGM-142 Have Nap Bomb.

B-52H, 61-0023 of the 2nd Bomb Wing at Nellis AFB, February 2, 2000 Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 61-023 of the 2nd Bomb Wing departs Nellis Air Force Base during a red flag exercise in February 2000.

B-52H-170 Stratofortress 60-014, of the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB takes off from Nellis Air Force Base, February 2, 2000 Boeing B-52H-170 Stratofortress 60-014, of the 2nd Bomb Wing departs Nellis Air Force Base during a red flag exercise in February 2000.

B-52H-170 Stratofortress, 60-014 of the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB on approach to Nellis Air Force Base, February 1, 2000 Boeing B-52H-170 Stratofortress 60-014, of the 2nd Bomb Wing on approach to Nellis Air Force Base during a red flag exercise in February 2000.

Visit the Air Force Boeing B-52 Stratofortress fact sheet.

Boeing NB-52B Mothership, NASA 008 Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership, NASA 008 appeared at the Edwards AFB Open House display in October 2000.

Boeing B-52H, 60-0050, Dragon's Inferno Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 Dragon's Inferno, of the 412th Test Wing at the Edwards AFB Open House display in October 2000.

Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress mothership with X-38 Space Station Lifeboat The sixth flight of the X-38 was launched from the NB-52B, 52-0008 on Thursday, November 2, 2000.

NASA NB-52B takes off with the X-43A The NB-52B launched the first X-43A, Hyper-X supersonic combustion ramjet on June 2, 2001.

X-38 Crew Return Vehicle Launch Attempt, June 29 The NB-52B carried the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle aloft on Friday, June 29, 2001 in an attempt to launch the seventh mission of the test program.

Seventh X-38 Crew Return Vehicle Launch, July 10, 2001 The NB-52B launched the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle on its seventh mission on Tuesday, July 10, 2001.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0042 of the 
917th Wing at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0042 of the 917th Wing based at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana departing Van Nuys on June 25, 2001.

NASA's new Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 61-0025 NASA has received a refurbished NB-52H for air-launch missions. This photo was emailed to me from several sources last April. Photo courtesy NASA.

Linemar tin Pan Am YB-52 toy The NASA NB-52H picture reminded me of my tin Pan Am B-52 that was made in the early 1950s. It's a modified version of a tin YB-52 Stratofortress toy.

Pan Am Boeing 747-121 at LAX on January 20, 1989 So I scanned an old picture of a Pan Am Boeing 747-121 at LAX, grabbed the name and logo, compressed them to fix the difference in the perspective,

Pan Am's new Boeing B-52H Stratofortress and pasted them onto the NASA NB-52H. I emailed this picture to some friends last April. Since then it has been published anonymously in the newsletter of the B-52 Stratofortress Association and Pacific Flyer Magazine.

Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress, 52-0008 NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress mothership, 52-0008 at the Edwards Air Force Base open house on October 26, 2002. Two X-43A silhouettes, three X-38 captive carry silhouetes, and one X-38 parafoil silhouette have been added to the mission tally on the side 52-0008 since the 2000 Open House.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0036 Tagboard Flyer Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0036 Tagboard Flyer at the Edwards Air Force Base open house on October 26, 2002. It was used to launch Lockheed GTD-21B reconnaisssance drones form 1967 to 1971.

Link to the Federation of American Scientists page about the Lockheed D-21 drone.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0036 Tagboard Flyer Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0036 Tagboard Flyer at the Edwards Air Force Base open house on October 26, 2002.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412TW Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing at the Edwards Air Force Base open house on October 26, 2002.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050, 412th Test Wing The 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB sent Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 to the 2004 Inyokern Airshow for a low-speed, dirty pass and then a high-speed pass.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050, 412th Test Wing Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing at Inyokern on October 6, 2004.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050, 412th Test Wing Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing at Inyokern on October 6, 2004.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050, 412th Test Wing Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing at Inyokern on October 6, 2004.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050, 412th Test Wing High-speed pass by Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing with its bomb bay doors open at Inyokern on October 6, 2004.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050, 412th Test Wing Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing at Inyokern on October 6, 2004.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050, 412th Test Wing Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing at Inyokern on October 6, 2004.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing taxis from the south base facility at mid-field at Edwards Air Force Base on October 21, 2005.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing Smoke billows from the eight TF-33 low-bypass, turbo-fan engines of B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 as it starts its take-off roll at Edwards Air Force Base on October 21, 2005.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 takes off from Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 21, 2005.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 retracts its landing gear at Edwards Air Force Base on October 21, 2005.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 makes a pass along the fly-by line at Edwards Air Force Base on October 21, 2005.

NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership, 52-0008 NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership, 52-0008 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 21, 2005. It was retired in a ceremony at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base on Friday December 17, 2004. The NB-52B has been a fixture at Edwards AFB for forty-nine years. It first launched a North American X-15 rocket plane on January 23, 1960. Its final mission was the launch of the third X-43A Hyper-X, which demonstrated that an air-breathing engine can propel a vehicle at Mach-10 on the afternoon of November 16, 2004. NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership was the oldest Stratofortress still flying, yet it had accumulated the fewest flying hours, just 2,443 hours since it first flew in June 1955.

NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership, 52-0008 The NB-52B at Edwards Air Force Base on October 21, 2005. It launched the three X-15 hypersonic rocket planes and the Northrop HL-10, Northrop M2-F2/F3, Martin Marietta X-24A and Martin Marietta X-24B lifting bodies. It simulated the steep, power off approach to landing used by the Space Shuttles. It assisted in the collection of data about wake turbulence from large aircraft. It served as an air-to-air gunnery target. It launched 3/8-scale F-15 Remotely Piloted Research Vehicles (RPRV), a Ryan Firebee II drone, Ryan Firebee based Drones for Aeroelastic Structures Testing (DAST), and the Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology (HiMAT) RPRVs. It dropped the 48,000-pound Space Shuttle Reusable Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB/DTV) and it released a simulated F-111 crew module from its bomb bay to evaluate new parachute recovery systems. It was the first airplane to launch a satellite into orbit on the Orbital Sciences Pegasus booster. It tested the drag chute used to decelerate space shuttle orbiters. It tested pollution reducing fuel additives with a pair of jet engines mounted under its bomb bay. It launched the X-38 Space Station Crew Return Vehicles and the X-43A Hyper-X Supersonic Combustion Ramjet.

The NB-52B will be placed on permanent display just outside the North Gate of the base, where it will be accessible to the public.

NASA Boeing NB-52H Stratofortress, 61-0025 Boeing NB-52H Stratofortress, 61-0025 has been transferred to NASA. It was intended to launch the X-37, but the Scaled Composites White Knight has taken on that task.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base on October 22, 2005.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050,412th Test Wing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 22, 2005.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050,412th Test Wing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 22, 2005.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050,412th Test Wing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 22, 2005.

B-52H pyrotechnics B-52H pyrotechnics at Edwards Air Force Base on October 22, 2005.

Boeing NB-52H Stratofortress, 61-0025 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 27, 2006. 61-0025 may be returned to the Air Force.

B-52H 60-0036 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 27, 2006.

B-52H 60-0036 and B-1B Lancer, 85-0068 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 27, 2006.

B-52H 60-0036 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 27, 2006.

B-52H 60-0036 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 27, 2006.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0036 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 28, 2006. It was used to launch Lockheed GTD-21B reconnaissance drones form 1967 to 1971.

B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0036 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 28, 2006.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 Dragons Inferno of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base on October 29, 2006.

Nose art of B-52H 60-0050 Dragons Inferno at Edwards Air Force Base on October 29, 2006.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0026 of the 23rd Bomb Squadron of the 5th Bomb Wing based at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0026 of the 23rd Bomb Squadron of the 5th Bomb Wing based at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota on approach to land at Naval Air Station Point Mugu on March 29, 2007

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0026 of the 23rd Bomb Squadron of the 5th Bomb Wing based at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota B-52H 60-0026 of the 23rd Bomb Squadron of the 5th Bomb Wing on approach to land at Naval Air Station Point Mugu on March 29, 2007

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0026 of the 23rd Bomb Squadron of the 5th Bomb Wing based at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0026 of the 23rd Bomb Squadron of the 5th Bomb Wing on static dispay at the Naval Air Station Point Mugu Airshow on March 39, 2007.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0050 takes off at Edwards AFB on October 16, 2009. It has been assigned to the 412th Test Wing for many years.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing B-52H 60-0050 at Edwards AFB on October 16, 2009.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0050 of the 412th Test Wing B-52H 60-0050 at Edwards AFB on October 16, 2009.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0050 and Northrop-Grumman B-2A Block 10 Spirit AV-3 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing B-52H 60-0050 and B-2A 82-1068 Spirit of New York at Edwards AFB on October 16, 2009.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 61-0036 Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 61-0036 at Edwards AFB on October 16, 2009.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0050 at Edwards AFB on October 17, 2009. It has been assigned to the 412th Test Wing for many years.

B-52H 60-0050 at Edwards AFB on October 17, 2009.

B-52H 60-0050, B-1B 85-0068, and B-2A 82-106 Spirit of New York at Edwards AFB on October 17, 2009.


Giant Jet Airplanes

  First Flight Wing Span Length Wing Area (ft2) Gross Weight (lbs) Engines
Boeing 777-9

2018

235ft 5in

251ft 9in

5,025

775,000

2 105,000 lb General Electric GE9X-105B1A
Scaled Composites Model 351 Stratolaunch

2018

385ft

238ft

?

1,300,000

6 56,750 lb Pratt & Whitney PW4056
Boeing 747-8 Jumbo Jet

2010

224ft,07in

250ft,02in

5,960

975,000

4 x 66,500 GEnx-2B67
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

2009

197ft, 03in

206ft

3,501

545,000

2 x 71,000 lb General Electric GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

2009

197ft, 03in

186ft

3,501

502,500

2 x 64,000 lb General Electric GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
Airbus A380

2005

261ft,10in

239ft,06in

9,100

1,235,000

4 x 84,000 lb RR Trent 900 or Engine Alliance GP-7200
Boeing 777-300ER

2003

212ft,07in

242ft,04in

4,700

775,000

2 x 115,300 lb GE90-115B
Airbus A340-600

2001

208ft,02in

247ft,01in

4,729

811,300

4 x 56,000 lb RR Trent 556
Boeing 777-200

1994

209ft,01in

199ft,11in

4,605

545,000

2 x 74,000 lb PW4074, GE90-75B, or RR Trent 875
Airbus A330-300

1992

197ft,10in

208ft,10in

3,892

507,000

2 x 51,590 lb GE CF6-80E, PW4000, or RR Trent 700
Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet

1988

211ft,05in

231ft,10in

5,650

833,000

4 x 45,000 PW4062 or GE CF6-80C2B1F
Antonov An-225 Mryia

1988

290ft,00in

275ft,07in

10,280

1,300,000

6 x 51,590 lb DT-18T
Antonov An-124 Ruslan

1984

240ft,00in

227ft,00in

6,760

890,000

4 x 51,590 lb DT-18T
Tupolev 160 Blackjack 1981 182ft, 09in 177ft, 06in 3,660 606,000 4 x 50,900 lb NK-321
Lockheed C-5A Galaxy

1968

222ft,08in

247ft,10in

6,200

769,000

4 x 50,000 lb GE TF-39
Boeing 747-100 Jumbo Jet

1968

195ft,08in

231ft,04in

5,500

850,000

4 x 50,000 lb P&W JT9D
Antonov An-22 Antheus

1965

211ft,04in

189ft,07in

3,713

550,000

4 x 15,000 shp Kuznetsov NK-12MV
North American XB-70A Valkyrie

1964

105ft,00in

189ft,00in

6,297

530,000

6 x 33,000,lb J-93
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

1952

185ft,00in

157ft,07in

4,000

450,000

8 x 8,000 lb J-57
Convair YB-60

1952

206ft,05in

175ft,02in

5,239

410,000

8 x 8,000 lb J-57

More B-52 Stratofortress photographs:

Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses dislays Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses displays.


Links:

B-52 tail gunners should make a point of visiting Gunner's Web Site.

Check out some storiesPhil Rowe's Flying Stories that convey the feel of being a crew member on a B-52 in a way that only someone who has been there can. Phil Rowe was a D-model crewman and he has assembled some of his personal stories on his web site. He has also flown on B-58 Hustlers and RF-4C Phantoms.

B-52 Stratofortress Association The B-52 Stratofortress Association is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of this magnificent airplane and the men and women who designed, tested, built, maintained and flew her in three wars - two hot, one cold.

Joe Baugher - B-52 Joe Baugher has an on-line history of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.



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A dozen photos of Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses in flight.

Stratofortresses pictured include:

B-52D 56-0612, March Air Force Base, February 23, 1978;
B-52H 60-0050, Edwards Air Force Base, November 9, 1986, October 9, 1999, September 16, 2009;
B-52G 58-0183, Saline Valley, October 25, 1989;
B-52G 57-6519, Edwards Air Force Base, October 29, 1989;
B-52G 59-2565, Castle Air Force Base, September 17, 1992;
B-52H 60-0008, Nellis Air Force Base, April 25, 1997;
B-52H 61-0023, Nellis Air Force Base, February 1, 2002;
NASA NB-52B 52-0008/X-43A Hyper-X, Edwards Air Force Base, November 16, 2004;
B-52H 60-0026, Naval Air Station Pt Mugu, March 29, 2007;
and Rockwell B-1B Lancer 85-0068, Edwards Air Force Base, October 9, 1999

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Boeing B-52G Stratofortresses
of the 93rd Bomb Wing
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A dozen photos of Boeing B-52G Stratofortresses of the 93rd Bomb Wing flying at Castle Air Force Base in 1992 and 1993. Stratofortresses pictured include:

B-52G 57-6473
B-52G 58-0214
B-52G 58-0258
B-52G 59-2565
B-52G 59-5888

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It has been asserted that the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress, carrying Air Force serial 52-0008, can lay claim to being the airplane that has seen and participated in more history than any other single airplane. This calendar features a dozen pictures of the NB-52B carrying some of the research vehicles that it launched over the years. Photo sources: Air Force, NASA, Richard Lockett, Brian Lockett:

North American X-15-1, 1960
North American X-15-3, 1963
North American X-15A-2, 1967
Northrop HL-10, 1969
Martin-Mariettta X-24A, 1970
Northrop M2-F3, 1972
Martin-Mariettta X-24B, 1973
Orbital Sciences Pegasus, 1989
Supersonic Supercruise, 1995
X-38 V-131R, 2000
X-43A Hyper-X, 2004

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Books about B-52 Stratofortresses available from

Boeing B-52 : Stratofortress by Tony Thornborough Boeing B-52 Stratofortress by Tony Thornborough

B-52 Stratofortress : Boeing's Cold War Warrior by Robert F. Dorr, Lindsay Peacock

B-52 Stratofortress in Action by Larry Davis

B-52 Walk Around by Lou Drendel

Boeing B-47, B-52 and the Avro Vulcan by Stewart Wilson (Legends of the Air Series Vol 5)

Boeing B-52 : A Documentary History by Walter J. Boyne

Usaf Plus Fifteen : A Photo History 1947-62 by Menard. Full color photos of Air Force aircraft from 1947 to 1962.


Books about the Strategic Air Command available from

America's Shield : The Story of the Strategic Air Command and Its People

Big Bombers : Strategic Air Command's B-52S, Swingwings, and Stealth by Robert F. Dorr, Jim Benson

Peace Was Their Profession : SAC : A Tribute by Mike Hill, John M. Campbell, Donna Campbell

SAC, the Strategic Air Command by Richard Gibson Hubler


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