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Boeing B-52E Stratofortress (Cockpit)

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in Hangar 39
Boeing Company
744
Strategic Nuclear
Bomber
B.U.F.F.
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The B-52E was a slightly improved version of the B-52D. The E model was virtually identical to the D in outward appearance. Most of the improvements were to internal systems. A new bomb navigation system and an improved Doppler radar system were the major avionics upgrades.

The first of 100 B-52Es ordered was completed in October 1957. The first flight was on the roll out date, in part, because the E model was so similar to the D, there was no need for an extensive ground test program. Boeing and the USAF also used the concurrent rollout/first flight for public relations purposes.

Initial deployment of the B-52E in late 1957 was to the 6th Bomb Wing stationed at Walker Air Force Base. Improvements in surface-to-air missile technology during the late 1950s made high-level penetration of enemy airspace increasingly dangerous. Because of this threat, B-52 combat tactics began to change from high-level penetration missions to standoff weapons delivery.

The AGM-28 Hound Dog missile was the primary air-to-ground missile used beginning in the late 1950s. Two AGM-28s were carried on wing pylons mounted between the fuselage and inboard engine nacelles. The B-52E remained in operational frontline service until the early 1970s when the last aircraft were phased out in favor of more modern models.

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Boeing Company
First flight on August 4, 1954
Eight Pratt & Whitney J57-P-19W turbojets of 10,500 lbs. thrust each (dry), 12,100 lbs. thrust each wet (water injection)
185 ft. 0 in. (56.4m)
156 ft. 7 in. (47.8m)
48 ft. 4 in. (14.7m)
450,000 lbs. @ maximum takeoff weight (204,117kg)
638 mph/551 knots at 20,000 ft. (6,096m)
526 mph (847 km/ph)
46,200 ft. (14,082m) at combat weight of 293,100 lbs. (132,948kg))
3,305 nautical miles combat radius at combat weight of 293,100 lbs. (without in-flight refueling); 8,338 miles (13,418.7 km) maximum ferry range
Six (pilot, copilot, electronic warfare officer, navigator, bombardier-radar navigator, tail gunner)
Four .50-cal. M-3 machine guns in the tail barbetteand up to 60,000 lbs. of bombs (27,216 kg)

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