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BOEING B-52 Stratofortress

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Name B-52 Stratofortress
Manufacturer BOEING
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position High swept wing
Tail Regular tail, mid set
WTC Heavy
Type code L8J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

BOEING B-52 Stratofortress
BOEING Stratofortress

BOEING B-52 Stratofortress

BOEING B-52 Stratofortress BOEING B-52 Stratofortress 3D


Strategic long range bomber. In service since 1955. Replacement for strategic air commands B-50. Development of the B-29 Superfortress. A number of 744 aircraft were built. Last Turbofan powered version B-52H is to remain in service past 2000. Re-engined 4 CFM engines version of B-52H for US Air Force proposed by BOEING. Max Mach 0.86

Technical Data

Wing span 56.4 m185.039 ft
Length 48.03 m157.579 ft
Height 12.4 m40.682 ft
Powerplant 52: 8 x 47.63 kN Pratt & Whitney J57-P-19 W/29WA (with water injection 8 x 62.42 kN) turbojets.

52H: 8 x 75,6 kN Pratt & Whitney JT3D (USAF code:Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3) or 4 x 192 kN R-R RB211 turbofans.

Engine model Pratt & Whitney J57, Pratt & Whitney JT3D, Rolls-Royce RB211

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 560 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH 0.86 ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 251353251,353 kg
251.353 tonnes
Ceiling FL500 ROD ft/min APC E
WTC H Range 76507,650 nm
14,167,800 m
14,167.8 km
46,482,283.499 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving B52

None on SKYbrary