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  • Not your grandfather’s B-52

    05/16/2012 4:26:22 AM PDT · by TSgt · 36 replies
    DOD BUZZ ^ | Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 10:59 am | Philip Ewing
    The Air Force wants its B-52s to keep flying until 2040, but the airplanes of that era won’t look like the ones we all remember from “Dr. Strangelove” — or even the bombers flying today. According to an official story from the weekend, Lt. Gen. Jim Kowalski, the head of Global Strike Command, says the B-52 is set to receive a round of upgrades that will help both the airmen inside each one and also the top-level commanders moving them around on their maps. Even if that commander’s suit is a darker shade of blue: These upgrades are integral to...
  • Sixty years on, the B-52 is still going strong

    04/15/2012 6:32:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 95 replies
    CNET ^ | April 15, 2012 | by Jonathan E. Skillings
    Along with the ICBM, it was one of the defining pieces of military technology during the Cold War: the B-52 bomber. Those who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s knew the B-52 Stratofortress as a central figure in the anxiety that flowed from the protracted staring match between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. On the one hand, it was reassuring to know that the Strategic Air Command was ready at a moment's notice to scramble its B-52s to counter any potential nuclear attack. On the other hand, if the bombers were flying that mission, well, things might well...