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Youngest Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Achieves 50 Years of Service
by Staff Writers
Wichita, KS (SPX) Oct 29, 2012


The Boeing B-52 has been the backbone of the United States' manned strategic bomber force for nearly 60 years.

Boeing has marked 50 years since the company delivered its last B-52 Stratofortress to the U.S. Air Force. H-model bomber 61-040 was assigned to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., where it remains in active service.

Boeing built 744 B-52s, in eight different models, from 1952 to 1962.

The Air Force fleet today comprises 76 H-models - two test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and 74 operational aircraft that are assigned to Minot and to Barksdale Air Force Base, La. All the H-models were built in Wichita.

The Boeing B-52 has been the backbone of the United States' manned strategic bomber force for nearly 60 years.

Modern engineering analyses show the B-52's expected life span extending beyond 2040.

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