The b-52 bomber

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Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,362
Jacksonville, FL
Was the b-52 bomber the most prolific and effective war plane ever used? The bomber is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. It can carry a variety of weapons, including nuclear or conventional precision-guided munition and has the capability to navigate the world precisely.

It is over 50 years old and still used today. This has to say something about the plane. Can you think of a better war plane from any country?
 
Jun 2006
340
Kentucky
What about Russian MIG jets? aren't they supposed to be some of the most advanced and effective fighter jets in the world. I'm sure they have a history of atleast 20 years.
 
Sep 2006
20
b-52

i think the b-52 is was a number 1 bomber in his time.

but this days there are beter quiker bombers who can fligh higher quiker and even outfly a rocket.

and avoid radar
 
Sep 2006
33
West "By Gawd" Virginia
As far as remaining in use past it's originally projected lifespan, the B-52 wins hands down. Remember we're talking about an aircraft that was designed in the late 40's and started service in the early 60's (the last one delivered to the USAF in October, 1962,) and they are expected to remain in the inventory (with updates and modifications) through 2040. Like all great aircraft it was also pressed into roles it was never truly intended for like low-level bombing and as a launch platform for experimental aircraft.

There are faster bombers and ones which are virtually invisible to radar but there is something to be said for the brute destructive force of the B.U.F.F. and terror that it can instill in an enemy.

The only possible contenders for duration of use might be 1.) The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, which was developed during WWII as the P-80 and still remains in use with various armed forces today. 2.) The Douglas DC-3/C-47, designed in the early 30's and still in use as all over the world in a variety of civilian roles, and 3.) The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, which was brought into service in the 50's and are outliving many of the jet transports that were created to supersede them. As far as production numbers, the Herc is the most produced post-World War II military aircraft and there's little doubt it will remain in use worldwide for decades to come.

As for the F-14, well, it was retired from active service in the U.S. Navy on September 22nd and only Iran still uses them as a front-line fighter. It's service span was only 34 years.