For more than 40 years, B-52 Stratofortresses have been the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force for the United States. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions, capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons in the U.S. inventory. The Big Bertha is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet, while carrying nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. This includes gravity bombs, cluster bombs, precision guided missiles and joint direct attack munitions.
In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. All planes can be equipped with two electro-optical viewing sensors, a forward-looking infrared and advanced targeting pods to augment targeting, battle assessment, and flight safety, thus further improving its combat ability. Updated with modern technology, the B-52 will be capable of delivering the full complement of joint developed weapons and will continue into the 21st century as an important element of our nation’s defenses. This footage is probably one of the greatest compilations of Boeing B-52 Stratofortress takeoff and landing specific ever assembled, from all around the world, in all sorts of conditions, and from absolutely all angles. Listen to the unique and glorious sound of those eight Pratt & Whitney turbofans working in unison. Absolutely great.
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