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I can't believe that the B52s are still operating today

 
 
Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jun, 2017 12:33 pm
I'm not surprised at all . . . they were always a lot of fun!

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oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 1 Oct, 2021 05:12 pm
@oralloy,
oralloy wrote:
They'll be retired as soon as the new crop of stealth bombers comes online though.

I was wrong. They are going to keep them flying even when the new crop of stealth bombers comes online.

https://www.aerotechnews.com/blog/2021/09/30/rolls-royce-engines-to-extend-b-52-service-life-to-2050s/

https://newatlas.com/military/rolls-royce-re-engine-us-b-52-bomber-fleet/


I suppose they want to be able to threaten countries by sending a flock of nuke-ladened bombers to circle just outside their airspace. That won't work with stealth bombers because they won't show up on radar to be noticed.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 1 Oct, 2021 06:47 pm
@oralloy,
Talk about making lemonade when life hands you lemons.
oralloy
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2021 08:15 am
@roger,
I don't believe that any lemons have been handed out here. They had the option of replacing all of the B52s with unmanned stealth bombers. We are keeping the B52s because the people in charge see some kind of advantage in keeping them.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Sat 6 Nov, 2021 03:57 pm
Raytheon awarded $2 Billion contract to build a new generation of nuclear air-launched cruise missiles:
https://www.afnwc.af.mil/News/Article/2675956/air-force-awards-contract-for-new-long-range-missile-system/

This will ensure that B52s remain a potent nuclear threat.
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