B-52 Stratofortress Profile

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Profile

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, jet-powered, subsonic and strategic bomber. The B-52 can carries up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons.

Manufacturer : Boeing
Role : Strategic bomber
First flight : 15 April 1952
Introduced : February 1955
Status : Active: 85, Reserve: 9
Primary users : United States Air Force, NASA
Produced : 1952–62
Number built : 744
Unit cost : B-52B: US$14.43 million,  B-52H: US$9.28 million (1962),  B-52H: US$53.4 million (1998)

Air Materiel Command (AMC) issued desired performance characteristics for a new strategic bomber who capable of carrying out the strategic mission without dependence upon advanced and intermediate bases controlled by other countries(November 1945).

Specifications (B-52H)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 5 (pilot, copilot, radar navigator (bombardier), navigator, and Electronic Warfare Officer)
  • Length: 159 ft 4 in (48.5 m)
  • Wingspan: 185 ft 0 in (56.4 m)
  • Height: 40 ft 8 in (12.4 m)
  • Wing area: 4,000 sq?ft (370 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 63A219.3 mod root, NACA 65A209.5 tip
  • Empty weight: 185,000 lb (83,250 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 265,000 lb (120,000 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 488,000 lb (220,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 8 × Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofans, 17,000 lbf (76 kN) each
  • Fuel capacity: 47,975 U.S. gal (39,948 imp gal; 181,610 L)
  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0119 (estimated)
  • Drag area: 47.60 sq?ft (4.42 m²)
  • Aspect ratio: 8.56

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 560 kt (650 mph, 1,047 km/h)
  • Combat radius: 4,480 mi (3,890 NM, 7,210 km)
  • Ferry range: 10,145 mi (8,764 nm, 16,232 km)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 6,270 ft/min (31.85 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 120 lb/ft² (586 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.31
  • Lift-to-drag ratio: 21.5 (estimated)

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan cannon originally mounted in a remote controlled tail turret on the H-model, removed from all current operational aircraft in 1991
  • Bombs: Approximately 70,000 pounds (31,500 kg) mixed ordnance; bombs, mines, missiles, in various configurations

Avionics

  • Electro-optical viewing system that uses platinum silicide forward-looking infrared and high resolution low-light-level television sensors
  • Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod
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