Sunday, 7 August 2011

B-52 Stratofortress


B-52 Stratofortress
The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, strategic heavy bomber 
capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons 
in the U.S. inventory. It has the longest range (in an unrefueled
flight) among all U.S. bombers.
All B-52s are equipped with an electro-optical viewing system that 
uses platinum silicide forward-looking infrared and high resolution 
low-light-level television sensors to augment targeting, battle 
assessment, and flight safety, thus further improving its combat 
ability and low-level flight capability.


Specifications / General Characteristics
Crew: 5 (pilot, copilot, radar navigator (bombardier), navigator, and Electronic Warfare Officer)
Length: 159 ft 4 in (48.5 m)
Wingspan: 185 ft 0 in (56.4 m)
Height: 40 ft 8 in (12.4 m)
Wing area: 4,000 sq?ft (370 m²)
Empty weight: 185,000 lb (83,250 kg)
Loaded weight: 265,000 lb (120,000 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 488,000 lb (220,000 kg)
Powerplant: 8 × Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofans, 17,000 lbf (76 kN) each
Fuel capacity: 47,975 U.S. gal (39,948 imp gal; 181,610 L)
Drag area: 47.60 sq?ft (4.42 m²)
Aspect ratio: 8.56

Performance
Maximum speed: 560 kt (650 mph, 1,047 km/h)
Combat radius: 4,480 mi (3,890 NM, 7,210 km)
Ferry range: 10,145 mi (8,764 nm, 16,232 km)
Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)
Rate of climb: 6,270 ft/min (31.85 m/s)
Wing loading: 120 lb/ft² (586 kg/m²)
Thrust/weight: 0.31


Armament
Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan cannon originally mounted in a remote controlled tail turret on the H-model, removed from all current operational aircraft in 1991
Bombs: Approximately 70,000 pounds (31,500 kg) mixed ordnance; bombs, mines, missiles, in various configurations

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Electro-optical viewing system that uses platinum silicide forward-looking infrared and high resolution low-light-level television sensors
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