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B-52H Stratofortress

The B-52 Stratofortresses are the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force for the United States. Thery are capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons in the U.S. inventory. This includes gravity bombs, cluster bombs, precision guided missiles, joint direct attack munitions and nuclear weapons. In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. It is highly effective when used for ocean surveillance, and can assist the U.S. Navy in anti-ship and mine-laying operations.
B-52H Stratofortress Copyright © Master Sgt. Mike Kaplan, U.S. Air Force

Status

In active service

Contractor

Primary contractor: Boeing

Crew

1 Pilot
1 Aircraft Commander
1 Radar Navigator
1 Navigator
1 Electronic Warfare Officer

Capacity

31 751,49 kilograms of mixed ordnance 70 000 pounds of mixed ordnance

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 48.56 meters 159.33 feet
Wingspan: 56.39 meters 185 feet
Height: 12.4 meters 40.67 feet
Weight
Empty weight: 83 910 kilograms ~185 000 pounds
Loaded weight: ~120 200 kilograms 265 000 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: ~221 350 kilograms 488 000 pounds
Features
Power plant: eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofan engines
Thrust: up to 7 710 kilograms (each engine) up to 17 000 pounds (each engine)
Fuel capacity: ~141 610 kilograms 312 197 pounds
Speed: 565 knots - Mach 0.84 (~1 050 kilometers per hour) (~650 miles per hour)
Ceiling: 15 240 meters 50 000 feet
Range: 7 650 nautical miles (~14 170 kilometers) (~8 800 miles)