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B-52 Bombers To Remain In Service For Foreseeable Future

The B-52 strategic bomber.
by Staff Writers
Zhukovsky, Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 22, 2007
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) will continue flying the B-52 strategic bomber into the foreseeable future, despite their having been in service for more than five decades, a senior U.S. military official said Tuesday. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range strategic bomber flown by the USAF since 1955. A total of 744 B-52s have been produced, but only about 100 B-52H bombers remain in service.

General William Hobbins, Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe, said Tuesday the B-52 had proven its reliability and could remain in service for a long time because the development of a new strategic bomber would be too costly.

Hobbins is leading a U.S Air Force delegation at the MAKS-2007 air show near Moscow, where the United States is showcasing several aircraft, including the B-52 bomber, the KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling tanker aircraft, the C-5 Galaxy strategic transport plane and F-15 Eagle and F-15 Falcon fighters.

The B-52 strategic bomber has the longest range without aerial refueling of any bomber (about 4,500 miles), and carries up to 60,000 pounds of ordnance, including nuclear bombs and nuclear-tipped missiles.

B-52s are stationed at two USAF bases - the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana and the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.

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