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B-52 Stratofortress - Eighties


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B-52D, 55-0104 at March AFB, March 26, 1980 B-52D, Serial 55-0104, on approach to March AFB on March 26, 1980. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52D, 55-0104, March AFB, March 26, 1980 It is possible to get quite close to the approach to March AFB, so I was able to use a short focal length lens for this shot of B-52D, Serial 55-0104, on March 26, 1980. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52D, 55-0104 at March AFB, March 26, 1980 B-52D, Serial 55-0104, about to touch down on the runway. Note the upward flex of the wings compared to the following picture of a B-52D sitting on its landing gear. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52D, 55-0071 at March AFB on March 27, 1980 B-52D, Serial 55-0071, runs up prior to takeoff from March AFB on March 27, 1980. Its wings are bent downward by the weight of the fuel that they contain. The extended fowler flaps reveal an expanse of green zinc chromate. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52G, 58-0204 at the 1980 Edwards AFB Open House B-52G, Serial 58-0204, appeared again at the 1980 Edwards AFB Open House hooked up to the boom of NKC-135A, Serial 55-3135, with F-4E, Serial 66-0291, flying chase. 58-0204 has had its cruise missile pylons removed. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52D at March AFB, November 3, 1980 The last operational B-52D I ever saw was this one departing March AFB on November 3, 1980, the day after the Open House that year. I was not able to read its serial number. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52F, 57-0177 and others at MASDC, December 31, 1981 By December 31, 1981, B-52F, Serial 57-0177, was retired, along with all other B-52E and B-52F model Stratofortresses. This Stratofortress had been painted aluminum over gloss white by the end of its career. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52Es and B-52Fs at MASDC, December 31, 1981 Parts of over two dozen B-52E and B-52F Stratofortresses can be seen in this picture of the reclamation area of the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC) on December 30, 1981. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

KC-135A, 55-3128 refueling B-52H, 60-0050 at Edwards AFB on November 9, 1986 B-52H, Serial 60-0050, hasn't quite made contact with NKC-135A, Serial 55-3128, at the November 9, 1986 Edwards AFB Open House. It still sports the classic SIOP camouflage and a single AGM-86 cruise missile pylon on the left wing. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 at Edwards AFB on November 9, 1986 Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050 at the Edwards Air Force Base open house on November 9, 1986.

B-52F, 57-0039 at MASDC on November 24, 1986 B-52F, Serial 57-0039, is seen here in November 24, 1986. It had been joined by the black-tailed B-52D fleet, which had also been relegated to AMARC at that time. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52H, 60-0050 at Edwards AFB on November 18, 1987 B-52H, Serial 60-0050, made its fly-by of the November 8, 1987 Edwards AFB Open House wearing its cruise missile pylon on the right side. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52H, 60-0025 at Vandenberg AFB, September 18, 1988 B-52H, Serial 60-0025, sits on static display at the September 18, 1988 Vandenberg AFB Open House. This Stratofortress' nose has been overpainted with gray (FS-36081) and the green areas wrap aound the underside of the forward fuselage to tone down the appearance of the bomber from the front. It has had its inboard engine cowl replaced with one from a Stratofortress with a different paint scheme. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52G at March AFB, October 15, 1988 An unidentified B-52G flys past the October 15, 1988 March AFB Open House with its bomb-bay doors open. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

NKC-135A, 55-3128 sprays water onto B-52H, 60-0050 at Edwards AFB, October 23, 1988 Water is sprayed onto B-52H, Serial 60-0050, as it trails behind NKC-135A, Serial 55-3128, at the 1988 Edwards AFB Open House. An international orange external fuel tank on the right wing of 60-0050 complements the SIOP camouflage. On 55-3128 the boom normally used for refuelling was equipped with a spray nozzle for icing research. At high altitudes, the water would freeze and ice would accumulate on the trailing aircraft. 55-3128 was retired, citing costs of operation versus the low number of icing research tests conducted each year, although there is no alternative aircraft equipped for the purpose. The spray nozzle system was removed and placed into storage at Edwards AFB and the Stratotanker went to the Aircraft Management and Regeneration Center (AMARC) at Davis-Monthan AFB. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52H, 60-0050, 412TW, Edwards AFB, October 23, 1988 B-52H, Serial 60-0050, makes a "bomb pass" at the 1988 Edwards AFB Open House. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

Boeing B-52G B-52G of the 320th Bomb Wing, Saline Valley, October 25, 1988 from the 320th Bomb Wing out of B-52G from Mather AFB over the Saline Valley, October 25, 1988 Mather AFB flies by Palm Spring on a low level mission through the Saline Valley in October 1988. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52G, 58-0183 of the 320th Bomb Wing, Saline Valley, October 25, 1988 A moment after the B-52G above had flown past, B-52G, Serial 58-0183, also from the 320 BW at Mather AFB flew almost directly overhead. Rack adapters for the carriage of conventional iron bombs can be seen on the weapons pylons. The small pylon between the engine pylons is for ALE-25 forward firing chaff rockets. It has a california black bear squadron insignia painted on the vertical stabilizer. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

NB-52E, 56-0632 at AMARC on September 9, 1989 One of the most colorful of the Stratofortresses was the NB-52E Control Configured Vehicle (CCV), Serial 56-0632, which had been operated by the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory. It was already retired to AMARC on September 9, 1989, when this picture was taken. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52G, 57-6519 at the October 29, 1989 Edwards AFB Open House B-52G, Serial 57-6519, makes the tanker pass at the October 29, 1989 Edwards AFB Open House with the re-engined NKC-135E, Serial 55-3135. The low visiblity camouflage pattern wraps green (FS-34086) around the wings and fuselage, with the lighter gray shade (FS-36118) used on the lower surfaces and the darker gray shade (FS-36081) used on the upper surfaces. The ED on the tail of 57-6519 identifies the 6512 TS based at Edwards AFB. Photographer: Brian Lockett.

B-52H at March AFB, November 11, 1989 An unidentified B-52G makes a dirty pass at the November 11, 1989 March AFB Open House. Photographer: Brian Lockett.


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

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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.

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

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

2018 calendar

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.

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

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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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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