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Despite being the oldest bomber in service, the B-52 still has the most service life remaining. The Stratofortress entered service in 1955 and is slated to continue operations well over 2050 due to constant upgrades.
Don’t let its size fool you. This 159ft long aircraft can reach 650mph and an altitude of up to 50,000ft. In addition, its combat range of 8,800mi can be further extended via aerial refueling.
A Stratofortress is powered by eight jet engines mounted under its wings in four twin pods. Each Pratt & Whitney TF33 engine can produce 17,000lbs of thrust
Its electro-optical viewing sensors enable it to sense infrared radiation while its AN/AAQ-33 provides target identification, tracking, precise weapons guidance, and much more.
The B-52 can launch the most comprehensive array of weapons available in the US inventory. Its loadout can range from bombs, precision-guided missiles, and JDAMs. In total, a B-52 can carry 70,000lbs of mixed ordnance.