(WATCH) These are the 11 oldest US military weapons still in the inventoryHeavy Machine Gun Heavy Machine Gun
Everyone is always chasing the greatest and latest. But sometimes, when things are built in America – with passion, quality and determination, for a purpose sometimes bigger than us all – they are built to last, and they do last.
Here are the 11 longest-serving military weapons still in the U.S. inventory.
- Weapons like the M2, a .50-caliber heavy machine gun that fires rounds at 2,910 feet per second.
- The B-52 Stratofortress bomber, from 1954, that still carries up to 70,000 pounds of ordnance on flights up to 9,000 nautical miles. This aircraft, along with the C-130 Hercules from 1954, the first KC-135 that took to the air in August 1956, and the still high-flying U-2 from 1956, form a group of unique still-in-service aircraft from more than 60 years ago.
- The M14 (1957) and the M72 LAW (1963) are still being to good use, albeit in a more limited role, and they still form an integral part of the U.S. military aviation arsenal despite being more than 40 and nearly 60 years old.
Take a look, and be surprised by the real age of some of the U.S. military folklore heroes such as the Huey, Cobra, Chinook and Warthog.