Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

ICAO aircraft code B52
Manufacturer Boeing
Country United States
New price USD 84 million (2012)

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber.


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Boeing B-52 Stratofortress specifications


ICAO aircraft code
1952 - 1962
United States
New purchase price
USD 84 million (2012)

Aircraft performance

8x Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103
17,000 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
560 Kts
1,037 Km/h
Travel range:
7,652 Nm
14,172 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
50,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
6270 feet / minute
31.85meter / second
Take Off Distance:
3000 meter - 9,842.40 feet
Landing Distance:
3000 meter - 9,842.40 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
220,000 Kg
485,012 lbs
Max Payload:
31,500 Kg
69,445 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
47,975 gallon
181,605 liter

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About the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000kg) of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800miles (14,080km) without aerial refueling.

Beginning with the successful contract bid in June 1946, the B-52 design evolved from a straight wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB-52 with eight turbojet engines and swept wings. The B-52 took its maiden flight in April 1952. Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold War-era deterrence missions, the B-52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B-36 Peacemaker. A veteran of several wars, the B-52 has dropped only conventional munitions in combat. The B-52’s official name Stratofortress is rarely used; informally, the aircraft has become commonly referred to as the BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fucker/Fella).

The B-52 has been in service with the USAF since 1955. As of June 2019, there are 76 aircraft in inventory; 58 operated by active forces (2nd Bomb Wing and 5th Bomb Wing), 18 by reserve forces (307th Bomb Wing), and about 12 in long-term storage at the Davis-Monthan AFB Boneyard. The bombers flew under the Strategic Air Command (SAC) until it was disestablished in 1992 and its aircraft absorbed into the Air Combat Command (ACC); in 2010, all B-52 Stratofortresses were transferred from the ACC to the new Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). Superior performance at high subsonic speeds and relatively low operating costs have kept them in service despite the advent of later, more advanced strategic bombers, including the Mach 2+ B-58 Hustler, the canceled Mach 3 B-70 Valkyrie, the variable-geometry B-1 Lancer, and the stealth B-2 Spirit. The B-52 completed 60 years of continuous service with its original operator in 2015. After being upgraded between 2013 and 2015, the last airplanes are expected to serve into the 2050s.

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