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B-52 Stratofortress - Sixties and Seventies


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NB-52B, 52-0008 with X-15-1, 56-6670 at May 17, 1960 Edwards AFB Open houseNB-52B, Serial 52-0008, with the X-15 #1 Serial 56-6670 at the 1960 Edwards AFB Open House on May 17. Joe Walker had made the first Mach 3 X-15 flight in it on May 12, breaking Mel Apt's speed record, set in the X-2 in 1955. The orange dayglo paint on the tail can be seen to be peeling and within a short time it was removed, along with the dayglo on the engine intakes. Dayglo was used extensively on the aircraft operated from Edwards AFB in that era because orange wreckage is much easier to spot in the desert than aluminum, which tends to mirror the color of its surroundings. (Photo by Richard Lockett, Sr.) Go to more photos of the 1960 Edwards AFB Airshow.

Boeing B-52G connected to the boom of Boeing KC-135A at Edwards AFB, May 17, 1960 B-52G refuels from a Boeing KC-135A at the 1960 Edwards AFB Open House. The undersides of the Stratofortress were painted white to reflect the destructively intense light from nuclear explosions. The top of the B-52 and the entire stratotanker remained unpainted. (Photo by Richard Lockett, Sr.)

Boeing NB-52A, 52-0003 at Edwards AFB, May 17, 1960 The other X-15 carrier, NB-52A, Serial 52-0003, taxis along the flightline at the 1960 Edwards AFB Open House. The NB-52A carried the name "The High and Mighty One" and nose art depicting an eagle dropping an X-15 from its talons. It survives in the Pima Air Museum near Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Richard Lockett, Sr.)

Aubrey Grey, a former B-52 crewman, has kindly provided this photograph of NB-52D, 56-0620 at el Centro NAS about 1968 NB-52D, Serial 56-0620 at El Centro NAS circa 1968. The plane was stationed at Kirtland AFB at the time, where it spent its whole operational life dropping dummy nukes It can be seen in storage at AMARC in 1989.

The first B-52C built, Serial 53-0399, flies by the 1970 Edwards AFB Open House on May 19. This Stratofortress had been intended for use as the launch plane for glide flight tests of the X-20 Dyna-Soar program. The aircraft is not bare-metal but has been painted with aluminum paint. (Photo by Richard Lockett, Sr.)

B-52D over March AFB at sunset, January 1972 I was still shooting with a Kodak Instamatic in January 1972 when I shot this unidentified B-52D against the moon at sunset at March AFB. Stratofortresses were flying combat missions over Viet Nam at the time. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52H, 61-0036, Davis-Monthan AFB Open House, March 16, 1975 B-52H, 61-0036 on static display at the Davis-Monthan AFB Open House on March 16, 1975. It carries the standard Strategic Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) camouflage of three tone green (FS-34079, FS-34159, FS-34201) over gloss white. Even the nose radome is white.

B-52H, 61-0036, Davis-Monthan AFB Open House, March 16, 1975 B-52H, 61-0036 at Davis-Monthan AFB on March 16, 1975.

B-52H, 61-0036, Davis-Monthan AFB Open House, March 16, 1975 B-52H, 61-0036 at Davis-Monthan AFB on March 16, 1975.

B-52H, 61-0036, Davis-Monthan AFB Open House, March 16, 1975 B-52H, 61-0036 at Davis-Monthan AFB on March 16, 1975.

B-52H, 61-0036, Davis-Monthan AFB Open House, March 16, 1975 B-52H, 61-0036 at Davis-Monthan AFB on March 16, 1975. TF-33 fanjet engines were introduced on the B-52H.

B-52H, 61-0036, Davis-Monthan AFB Open House, March 16, 1975 B-52H, 61-0036 at Davis-Monthan AFB on March 16, 1975.

B-52H, 61-0036, Davis-Monthan AFB Open House, March 16, 1975 B-52H, 61-0036 at Davis-Monthan AFB on March 16, 1975. An M61 Vulcan six-barrel gatling gun replaced the four machine gun turret of previous models.

B-52D, 56-612 at March AFB, February 23, 1978 B-52D, 56-0612 on approach to land at March AFB on February 23, 1978. It sports the standard Southeast Asia (SEA) over specular (gloss) black undersides. Making the airplane hard to see against the night sky had become more important than reflecting the light of nuclear explosions. The B-52D could be configured to carry 84 iron bombs internally and 24 on external racks. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52D, 56-612 at March AFB, February 23, 1978 B-52D, 56-0612 at March AFB on February 23, 1978.

B-52D, 56-612 at March AFB, February 23, 1978 B-52D, 56-0612 at March AFB on February 23, 1978.

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B-52D, 56-612 at March AFB, February 23, 1978 B-52D, 56-0612 at March AFB on February 23, 1978.

B-52D, 56-612 at March AFB, February 23, 1978 B-52D, 56-0612 at March AFB on February 23, 1978.

B-52D, 56-612 at March AFB, February 23, 1978 B-52D, 56-0612 at March AFB on February 23, 1978.

B-52D, 56-612 at March AFB, February 23, 1978 B-52D, 56-0612 at March AFB on February 23, 1978.

B-52D, 56-612 at March AFB, February 23, 1978 B-52D, 56-0612 at March AFB on February 23, 1978.

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B-52D, 56-612 at March AFB, February 23, 1978 B-52D, 56-0612 at March AFB on February 23, 1978.

B-52G, 58-0247 with AGM-109 ALCM at Edwards AFB, October 28, 1979 B-52G, Serial 58-0247, at Edwards AFB on October 28, 1979. Close examination will reveal the rarely seen AGM-109 version of the Tomahawk cruise missile. The nose radome on this Stratofortress is buff colored. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52G, 58-0204 with AGM-89 and AGM-109 at Edwards AFB, October 28, 1979 This B-52G, Serial 58-0204, on static display at the 1979 Edwards AFB Open House on October 28, has a most unusual weapons load of both AGM-86 and AGM-109 cruise missiles. Photographer: Brian Lockett.



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Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

2018 calendar

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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
at Castle Air Force Base

2018 calendar

You can buy a 2018 calendar featuring my photographs of Boeing B-52G Stratofortresses of the 93rd Bomb Wing at Castle Air Force Base.

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Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Boeing B-52G Stratofortresses of the 93rd Bomb Wing at Castle Air Force Base

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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Balls Eight: Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership

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You can buy a 2018 calendar featuring photographs of the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership that launched the X-15s in the 1960s and continued launching research vehicles until 2004.

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Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Balls Eight: Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership

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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Boeing 777-9

2018

235ft 5in

251ft 9in

5,025

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

2018

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?

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2010

224ft,07in

250ft,02in

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

2009

197ft, 03in

206ft

3,501

545,000

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Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

2009

197ft, 03in

186ft

3,501

502,500

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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.


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


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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