Talk:Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

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Operating altitude[edit]

I'm looking for information on what altitudes the airplane can operate at. The article doesn't seem to discuss this. __meco (talk) 09:52, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

My (very dated) T.O. 1B-52H-1 (15 February 1975) states on page 5-18 "there is no unqualified altitude restriction." Practically however, there are some considerations flying above 50,000 feet. The aerodynamic phenomenon known as the Coffin Corner comes increasingly into play, where the aircraft's stall speed approaches its critical Mach number, and the plane become unstable. I've been in B-52s flying as high as 58,000 feet and the pilots were very gingerly working the throttle and flight controls, all the while watching airspeed and fuel distribution very carefully. Policy is to limit the altitude to 50,000 feet.Jongleur (talk) 19:14, 29 June 2012 (UTC)

Without getting too deep into details, realize that B-52Bs and several jets of various other models that were configured for high altitude flight. Buffs (talk) 02:52, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

The bomber carries up to of weapons ?[edit]

At least, thats how it renders on my machine. Whats missing is something from the "convert" template William M. Connolley (talk) 18:42, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Ah, thank you [1] William M. Connolley (talk) 19:10, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
Sure. Not sure why the template did that before. -Fnlayson (talk) 20:20, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Strategic Air Command B-52 Stratofortress Losses in the Vietnam War[edit]

This B-52 bomber "lost in combat chart" was made for one primary reason: Too many "properly sourced" references have been stating different numbers of B-52s lost in the war. Some say 30, some say 31, some state only 15 were shot down, and some say 16. There are other examples, but those few samples will suffice. To settle this issue once and for all, those B-52 losses were documented by Serial Number, Date, and Cause. And of course, they are clearly referenced. To my surprise, and I never knew this, and no one bothered to research it, one B-52 was damaged by a NVAF MiG-21 then it was downed by a SAM. Maybe the NVAF was right after all, maybe one of their -21s did down a B-52, that the USAF flatly and adamantly denies! Interesting, that a MiG-21 should strike a -52 with it's Atoll missile and almost within seconds a SAM hits it? Those -21s were specifically trained to intercept the -52s, and were specifically trained to stay out of the SAM kill zones. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.88.54.218 (talk) 21:51, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Landing airstrip length requirements[edit]

I saw the B-52 Stratofortress that is on display at IWM Duxford recently and the caption says when it flew in to the Museum on 8 October 1983 it landed on the grass runway there, the shortest airstrip a B-52 has ever landed on. What is the minimum requirement for landing the plane, how long is the Duxford airstrip and is this claim true? 86.154.164.71 (talk) 14:21, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Not a reliable source but here is a video of the landing [2] I have no idea if the claim about being shortest is true, perhaps somebody else will be along soon. The physical runway is 1503 metres (4931 feet approx) although I think they need to close the nearby motorway to use the full length so the declared every day use length is less. MilborneOne (talk) 17:48, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Bail out link[edit]

At the very end of the first paragraph of the Design --> Overview section, there is a link to the page for Bail out, however that page concerns economic bailouts. No page exists for bailing out of an aircraft. What should happen to the link? Hentheden (talk) 20:13, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

That link has been changed from [[bailout|bail out]] to [[parachute|bail-out]] since parachute was the closest relevant page I could find. Thanks for pointing this out. -Fnlayson (talk) 21:51, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

Please make obscenity in BUFF obsure by using F#@k7r or similar[edit]

75.80.54.119 (talk) 22:15, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not censored. Please see WP:Offensive material about replacing letters. -Fnlayson (talk) 22:54, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

Summary of USAF B-52 losses in the Vietnam War 1965–1973[edit]

Individual combat losses are not really notable and this table doesnt add much to the article, suggest we remove it. MilborneOne (talk) 11:41, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes, overly detailed and out of balance. The B-52 has participated in several other wars/operations that do not have loss tables. A similar table in the Northrop F-5 article was removed for these basic reasons. -Fnlayson (talk) 19:20, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
I concure, it is undue weight and unbalanced - if the other sections don't get one, it shouldn't. I'm fine with a summary statement. Kyteto (talk) 10:00, 3 August 2014 (UTC)