Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Pentagon's Family Heirloom
The award has to go to the legendary B-52 strategic bomber. Boeing's big baby first flew in 1952 and the 8-engine behemoth has been the backbone of American airpower ever since. Now the Pentagon has inked a $12-billion contract to update its remaining fleet of 85-operational B-52s. The US Air Force expects these aircraft to remain in service beyond 2040 which will probably be some sort of record or even a bunch of records. The Americans have B-52s today crewed by the children of fathers who flew them a generation earlier.