March 5, 2018 -- B-52
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. It's not due for retirement until sometime in the 2040s. By that point it will be well beyond 90 year old! It’s often referred to as BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fellow).
The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling. This monster is feet in length with a wing span of 185 feet.
One interesting little known fact about the B-52 -- The final design proposal for the B-52 was drawn up, and a scale model made, in just one weekend by five Boeing engineers at the Hotel Van Cleve in Dayton, Ohio.
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