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B-52H Stratofortress

Crew

Five (pilot, copilot, radar navigator, navigator, and electronic warfare officer)

Maiden Flight

April 1952

Entry into Service

1961

Manufacturer

Boeing Military Airplane Co

Operators

US Air Force, US Navy and Nasa

Wingspan

185ft (56.3m)

Wing Sweepback

35°

Length

159ft 4in

Tail Height

40ft 8in

Weapons Payload

Over 70,000lb

Maximum Take-Off Weight

Over 488,000lb

Empty Weight

185,000lb

Powerplant

8 x Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3 turbofan engines

Thrust per Engine

Over 17,000lb

Speed

545kt True Air Speed (KTAS)

Altitude

Over 50,000ft

Unfuelled Range

Over 8,600 miles

Service Ceiling

15,151m

Rate of Climb

31.85m/s

Advanced Cruise Missiles (ACM)

12

Air-Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM)

20

Bombs

8

Harpoon

8

AGM-142

4

500lb Bombs

51

1,000lb Bombs

30

2,000lb Bombs

20

Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missiles (CALC)

20

Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW)

12

Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM)

12

Wind-Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD)

16

Cannon

Vulcan Multibarrel 20mm cannon in tail turret
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