List of displayed Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses

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B-52G-130BW 59-2601, at Langley AFB, Hampton, Virginia, USA

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered, strategic bomber operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since 1955. The B-52A first flew in 1954, and the B model entered service in 1955. A total of 744 B-52s were built with the last, a B-52H, delivered in October 1962. It served in the Strategic Air Command, the Air Combat Command, and the B-52H continues to serve in the Air Force Global Strike Command and the Air Force Reserve Command.

The B-52D models have the distinction of being the last bombers in aviation history to have shot down enemy aircraft during wartime with machine guns (tail gunners);[1] two Vietnam War MiG killer bombers are currently preserved and on display at Fairchild AFB and the United States Air Force Academy.[2] ([3])

Only the B-52H model is still active in the Air Force inventory. It is primarily assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command and the Air Force Reserve Command, with one additional example in the Air Force Material Command supporting flight research operations with NASA.[4]

Australia[edit]

B-52G

South Korea[edit]

55-0105 at the War Memorial of Korea
B-52D

United Kingdom[edit]

B-52D

United States[edit]

B-52B-5BO 52-005 at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
NB-52A
B-52B
NB-52B
  • 52-0008 - Edwards AFB Museum, California. It is marked as "0008", originally a B-52B then modified as a RB-52B then NB-52B. Assigned to NASA as Balls 8 for use as a mothership for the X-15, X-38, and X-43A, withdrawn from service on 17 December 2004.[10]
RB-52B
B-52B-10BO 52-008 at Edwards Air Force Base Museum, Edwards AFB, California
55-0068 at the USAF History & Traditions Museum, Lackland AFB, Texas
55-0083 at the US Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado
56-612 at the former Castle AFB, California
B-52D
B-52D s/n 56-0657 Ellsworth AFB
B-52D-40BW 56-0687 at Orlando International Airport / formerly McCoy AFB
B-52E
  • 57-0119 - As with 53-0379, it is located on the Edwards Air Force Base (34.819389, -117.851946) photo range in destroyed condition. It was used in a variety of test roles, most notably as the carrier for the General Electric TF39 engine used on the C-5 Galaxy. It was towed to its present location in 1980, and blown up in 1991 to satisfy conditions of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.[41]
B-52F
B-52G

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McCarthy, M3 quad .50 caliber machine guns, p. 19
  2. ^ McCarthy, p. 139, 141
  3. ^ B-52D at AFA
  4. ^ USAF Fact Sheet
  5. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/59-2596." Australian Aviation Aviation Heritage Centre. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  6. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0105." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  7. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0689." Imperial War Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  8. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/52-0003." Pima Air & Space Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  9. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/52-0005." Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  10. ^ "B-25 Stratofortress/52-0008." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  11. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/52-0013." National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  12. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/52-8711." Strategic Air & Space Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  13. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/53-0379." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  14. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0057." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  15. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0062." K.I. Saywer Heritage Air Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  16. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0067." Pima Air & Space Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  17. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0068." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  18. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0071." Archived 2015-12-18 at the Wayback Machine. USS Alabama Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  19. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0083." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  20. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0085." Museum of Aviation. Retrieved: 10 December 2012.
  21. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0094." Kansas Aviation Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  22. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0677." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  23. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/55-0679." March Field Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  24. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0585." Air Force Flight Test Center Museum. Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  25. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0586." stratoforress.org Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  26. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0589." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  27. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0612." Castle Air Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  28. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0629." Barksdale Global Power Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  29. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0657." South Dakota Air & Space Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  30. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0659." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  31. ^ Retrieved: 10 December 2013.
  32. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0665." National Museum of the USAF. Retrieved: 22 August 2015.
  33. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0666." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  34. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0676." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  35. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0683." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  36. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0685." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  37. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0687." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  38. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0692." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  39. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0695." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  40. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/56-0696." Travis Heritage Center. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  41. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/57-0119." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  42. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/57-0038." City of Paldale Airpark. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  43. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/57-0038." Tinker Airforce Base. Retrieved: 13 February 2013
  44. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/57-6468." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  45. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/57-6509." Barksdale Global Power Museum. Retrieved: 10 December 2012.
  46. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/58-0183." Pima Air & Space Museum. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  47. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/58-0185." Air Force Armament Museum. Retrieved: 10 December 2012.
  48. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/59-0191." Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved: 10 December 2012.
  49. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/58-0206." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  50. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/58-0225." Henry P. Smith Post 24. Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  51. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/59-2577." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.
  52. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/59-2584." Museum of Flight. Retrieved: 5 June 2015.
  53. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress/59-2601." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 3 June 2015.

References[edit]

  • Willis, David. "Boeing's Timeless Deterrent, Part 1: B-52 Stratfortress - From Conception to Hanoi". Air Enthusiast, No. 119, September/October 2005.Stamford, Lincs, UK:Key Publishing. ISSN 0143-5450. pp. 50–73.
  • McCarthy, Donald J. Jr. MiG Killers, A Chronology of US Air Victories in Vietnam 1965-1973. 2009. ISBN 978-1-58007-136-9.

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