The Boeing B52 Stratofortress is a longrange subsonic jetpowered strategic bomber The B52 was designed and built by Boeing who have continued to provide support and upgrades It has been operated by the United States Air Force USAF since the 1950s The bomber carries up to 70000 pounds 32000 kg of weapons. Beginning with the successful contract bid in June 1946 the B52 design evolved from a straightwing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB52 with eight turbojet engines and swept wings The B52 took its maiden flight in April 1952 Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold Warera deterrence missions the B52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B36 Although a ...
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