The B-52 Stratofortress is a strategic bomber developed by Boeing. It is a long range jet powered aircraft and has been operated by the USAF since the 1950s and still continues to serve the USAF to this day with continuing upgrades and maintenance. The B-52 made it's first flight on April 1952. It was also made to replace the earlier Convair B-36 peacemaker, especially in the role of carrying nuclear weapons for Cold War-era deterrence missions.
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Tier: Varies from 9-B to 8-C conventionally, 8-A to 7-B with nuclear payload
Name: B-52 Stratofortress
Origin: Real World
Classification: Strategic Bomber
Height: 12.4 meters
Length: 48.5 meters
Weight: Empty weight 83,250 kilograms, loaded 120,000 kg, max loaded is 220 metric tons.
Needed Prerequisite for Use: 5 crew members and training (6 for bombers pre-1991 due to the addition of a tailgun, which was removed in that year. The first 5 crew members are the Pilot, Co-pilot, Weapons Systems Officer, Navigator, and Electronic Warfare Officer
In use by: U.S Air Force
Powered by: 8 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofans
Operational Timeframe: Several days, higher with mid-air refueling
Attack Potency: Varies. Wall level with rear-mounted guns (No present day B-52 that is operational possesses rear mounted guns, but in the past, H models were equipped with an M61 Vulcan cannon, with A through G variants carrying quadruple M2 Browning HMGs) Small Building level with weakest bombs (The Mark 82 bombs pack about 89 kg of Tritonal high explosives , which can produce around 421.3 megajoules on detonation) to Building level with conventional bombs (A bomb such as the Mark 84 is packed with around 428.6 kg of Tritonal high explosive (which would produce about 1.88292552 gigajoules upon detonation; most Harpoon anti-ship missiles pack a yield of 1.355 gigajoules), Multi-City Block level to City level with nuclear payload (A weapon such as the B61 has a variable yield of 0.3-340 kilotons, the AGM-129 and AGM-86B, possess warheads with yields between 5-150 kilotons, and the AGM-69 can have a yield of either 17 or 210 kilotons. The largest bomb it can carry, the B41, has a maximum yield of 25 megatons)
Range: Combat radius of 7,210 km, ferry range of 16,232 km
Material: Mainly Aluminum
Durability: Small Building level (Is around this size)
Weaknesses: Large profile for fighters, otherwise none notable.
- 1 M61 20mm Vulcan Cannon mounted on a tail turret on the H-model, removed in 1991.
- Approximately 31500 kg (70000 lb) of mixed ordnance, varying from bombs, mines, and missiles in various configurations.