The first flight of the 52 took place on April 15th 1952, with company test pilot A.M. Tex Johnston and Lt. Col. Guy Townsend of the USAF Air Research & Developement Command on board. The plane stayed in the air for 2 hours and 15 minutes and landed at nearby Larson AFB, only minor problems where encountered. The air force was so paranoid about security that take-off photographs released of the [plane had the landing gear units censored out.
The B-52 has a crew of six (6) including two (2) pilots, a navigator, electronics warfare officer, and a bombardier. Boeing manufactured 744 "buffs" and finished the last aircraft in October 1962.
Each B-52 contains more than 56 miles of electrical wiring.
In 1959 three (3) B-52BS's flew non-stop around the world in under 50 hours.
One other interesting note is that here in Australia we have only one air field that can handle the big plane the that field is in the Northern Territory somewhere south of the capitol Darwin and ironically is owned the U.S. Air Force and is where all aircraft when they leave an aircraft carrier land for shore leave.
Coming soon to a cardstock thread near you the B-52D Stratofortress.
The aircraft is now under construction in my workshop den area where I built all my large planes.
A few points on the B52 Stratofortress, it was first conceived as the giant silver sword for the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and is powered by purely jet-powered engine 8 in all two per pylon, the aircraft has been flying now for some 60 years as there are a few still flying. It has a crew of 5 which consisted of Pilot, Co-Pilot, Navigator, Radar Operator and Tail Gunner. The first flight of the B-52 took place on April 15th 1952 (just 6 months after I was born) with company test pilot A.M. "Tex" Johnston and Lt. Col. Guy Townsend of the U.S.A.F. Air Research & Development Command it was a flight of just 2 hrs and 15 minutes and landed at nearby Larson A.F.B. Interestingly the Air Force was so paranoid about security that they blanked out the landing gear during take off. (Sorry this is so long) 744 B-52's where built by Boeing ans the last finished plane came off the line in October 1962 (a point of interest is that each plane contained 56 miles of electrical wiring). In 1959 three (3) B-52's flew non-stop around the world in under 50 hours.
And for those wondering yes it is a Fiddlersgreen model and NO I do not have anymore of these cardstock planes that I got from a Russian cardstock site as I found out that they had been pirated from Fiddlersgreen, but I had already downloaded and printed off all my planes before I found this out and I'm not someone who, 1. was money I can't afford to waste, 2. continue to get models from sites that rob other websites of their vital income. In the future when I want a plane I will go to the right people and buy it from them.
I do apologies to anyone who maybe offend by the fact that all my planes are or might be pirated models but in my defense I had know idea until I contacted the owners and asked them about the situation.
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Jason: Blog updated pop on over to theaveragemodeller.com for a read,
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