Sixty years on, the B-52 is still going strong
04/15/2012 3 Comments
C/Net has the story, the B-52’s first flight was on April 15th in 1952. My first combat assignment was in the B52G at Loring Air Base in 1962, after two years of training as a Navigator and then Electronics Warfare Officer. The H model featured in the C/Net story is a G model with vastly improved turbojet engines.
A couple of years ago Ellen and I took our grandkids to Beale AFB for an Open House. There was a B-52H on the ramp and we chatted with the crew. The B-52 the crew was flying had been build before any of them were born. The crews that will be flying the B-52H when it is retired in 2040 have not been born yet.