Boeing B-52E Stratofortress (Cockpit)

General Information

MAKE: Boeing Company
MISSION: Strategic Nuclear
Located in Hangar 79


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



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