Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

b-52-bomberThe Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, in service today, almost sixty years after its first test flight, is one of the most versatile and successful aircraft ever designed. Originally conceived as a replacement for the Convair B-36, with a long-range, high altitude, free-fall nuclear delivery mission, it has adapted over the years to changing technological and political conditions, assuming a wide variety of tasks and requiring tactics unforeseen by the engineers and airmen responsible for its design and procurement in the late 1940s. Today, it is still flying and fighting, and will probably do so until 2040 or longer. One saying that is popular with today’s aircrews is: “The last B-52 pilot hasn’t been born!”