Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
Forward Crew Compartment
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, nicknamed the “BUFF,” is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered, strategic bomber. Built to carry nuclear weapons, the B-52 replaced the Convair B-36. In active service with the United States Air Force since 1955, the B-52 initially served under the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and now Air Combat Command (ACC). Multiple B-52 variants, dropping conventional weapons, are veterans of many conflicts, including Vietnam and the Gulf War. Superior durability, adaptability, performance, and relatively low operating cost keep the B-52 in active service today. The United States Air Force plans to fly B-52s until the year 2040.
Manufactured by Boeing Aircraft, Seattle, WA.
1957, 1 March -- Delivered to the USAF
1957, March -- To 42nd Bombardment (Heavy) Wing (Strategic Air Command), Loring AFB, ME.
1959, October -- To 92nd Bombardment (H) Wing (SAC), Fairchild AFB, WA.
1960, July --To 4170th Strategic Wing (SAC), Larson AFB, WA (deployed to Fairchild AFB).
1962, July -- To 4138th Strategic Wing (SAC), Turner AFB, GA.
1963, February -- To 484th Bombardment (H) Wing (SAC), Turner AFB (deployed to McCoy AFB, FL).
1966, March -- To 340th Bombardment (H) Wing (SAC), Bergstrom AFB, TX.
1966, July -- To 306th Bombardment (H) Wing (SAC), McCoy AFB (deployed to Andersen AB, Guam, Kadena AB, Japan, Castle AFB, CA, and U Tapao RTAFB, Thailand).
1970, April -- To 22nd Bombardment (H) Wing (SAC), March AFB, CA (deployed to Andersen AB, Guam and U Tapao RTAFB, Thailand).
1972, June -- To 7th Bombardment (H) Wing (SAC), Carswell AFB, TX (deployed to Andersen AB, Guam and U Tapao RTAFB, Thailand).
1983, May -- To Chanute Technical Training Center (Air Training Command), Chanute AFB, IL (redesignated GB52D).
1990, June -- Dropped from inventory as surplus.
|Average Cost:||$14 million each|
|Wing Span:||185 ft.|
|Length:||156 ft. 6 in.|
|Height:||48 ft. 4 in.|
|Wing Area:||4,000 sq. ft.|
|Weight:||Empty - 195,000 lbs.; Max 450,000 lbs.|
|Speed:||Cruise - 518 mph; Max 540 mph|
|Service Ceiling:||45,000 ft.|
|Engines:||8 - Pratt & Whitney J-57P-19W turbojet with water injection (max. 12,100 lbs. thrust each)|
|Weapons:||4 - .50 cal. mahine guns in tail turret; up to 70,000 lbs. of bombs, missles and mines in various configurations.|
This aircraft is on loan to the Chanute Air Museum from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.