April 15: Happy Birthday, B-52.

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3:10 AM - Apr 15, 2018 #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW3mtoATfRQ

Then there's this version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKNQ1TrPHVg

Is the rock band named after the plane?
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11:01 PM - Apr 15, 2018 #2

It is incredible that a warplane could still be in service 66 years after it's first flight.  If they are still in service in 2052 (not entirely unthinkable) that will be a century.  Note the cockpit difference of the YB-52 prototype versus the production model - the YB-52 has a B-47-style inline seating and canopy arrangement.  The tail gunner position in the YB-52 looks more like the one in the B-17. I always liked the tall vertical tail stabilizer of the early B-52 models compared to the shortened one in the Gs and Hs.

The B-52 RC model is awesome!  What scale is that?  I wonder if that is the same model that crashed - there is a video of that somewhere on YouTube, looked just like a real B-52 crash complete with fireball and big cloud of black smoke.

As far as I recall, the B-52s rock band was named after the big bouffant "beehive" hairstyles of the 1960s.  Maybe those were named after the plane?

EDIT:  In fact, according to General Robin Rand of Air Force Global Strike Command, it looks like the B-52 really will still be in service beyond 2050, making it a century old.  That is just mind-boggling, it would be like the Handley Page O/400 still being in service today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHdIRwKtnig
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11:14 PM - Apr 15, 2018 #3

Awesome.  It don't get much better than that, thanks!
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4:34 PM - Apr 16, 2018 #4

The AF has talked of re-engining the BUFF for decades. I’ll believe it when there’s an running modification line, like for the C-5M.


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4:56 PM - Apr 16, 2018 #5

Let's hope they get it done this time.  The GE engines they last talked about seem perfect for this, less fuel burn, more thrust, much easier maintenance.
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Joined: 8:39 PM - May 02, 2012

7:25 PM - Apr 16, 2018 #6

How much ground clearance would there be with large, high-bypass turbofans?  
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7:40 PM - Apr 16, 2018 #7

I have no idea but they were looking at re-engining with 8 GE CF34-10 engines if that tells you anything.  
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8:01 PM - Apr 16, 2018 #8

Hark wrote:I have no idea but they were looking at re-engining with 8 GE CF34-10 engines if that tells you anything.  
You’re right. The thought is that replacing 8 with 8 is simpler and better overall.


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2:23 AM - Apr 17, 2018 #9

Hark wrote: I have no idea but they were looking at re-engining with 8 GE CF34-10 engines if that tells you anything.  
OK, thanks.  Now, at least, I know one of the engines being considered.  I had a mental image of four larger engines.  That sparked my question.
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2:51 AM - Apr 17, 2018 #10

List of contenders:
Rolls Royce: BR725 (F130)
GE: Passport (alternate to the CF-34) https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php? ... type=topic
P&W: modernized TF33 development

I can't find what Honeywell is offering, but suspect it is the HTF10000 (development of the HTF7000).
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