Boeing NB-52A Stratofortress

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Boeing
Markings
Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California, 1960s
Designation
NB-52A
Serial Number
52-0003

Boeing NB-52A Stratofortress

Designed as a long-range heavy bomber to carry nuclear weapons deep into Soviet territory has proven to be a highly adaptable and versatile aircraft. Serving as a strategic nuclear bomber, conventional heavy bomber and as a test aircraft the B-52 has flown in the U.S. Air Force for fifty years and late models of the Stratofortress are expected to serve well into the Twenty-First Century. Only three of the “A” model Stratofortresses were built and all served solely as test aircraft for both Boeing and the Air Force. The oldest B-52 in existence this is the third “A” model built.

Specifications
Wingspan 185 ft
Length 156 ft
Height 48 ft
Weight 450,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 650 mph
Service Ceiling 50,000 ft
Range 6,000 miles
Engines 8 Pratt & Whitney J57-P-9W turbojets, 9,000 lbs thrust each
Crew 6