Boeing RB-52B Stratofortress

Boeing RB-52B Stratofortress (HM28WK)

Location: Denver, CO 80230 Denver County
Buy Colorado State flags at Flagstore.com!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at Flagstore.com!

N 39° 43.205', W 104° 53.733'

  • 0 likes
  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
  • 74 views
Inscription

USAF Serial Number 52-0005

The B-52 program had its roots in 1945, when the United States Army Air Forces sought to expand its capabilities with a long-range heavy bomber and jet powered flight. This resulted in the development of the Boeing YP-52 prototype that made its first flight on April 15, 1952.
The RB-52B displayed here was constructed as the second model of the B-52 design, and was delivered to the United States Air Force on March 3, 1955.
A total of 744 B-52 aircraft were built between 1954 and the end of production in 1962. Of this number, 27 were the RB-52B model. The RB designation was given to planes fitted for reconnaissance duties.
In October 1955, this aircraft was transferred to the 330th Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bomb Wing (BW), based at Castle Air Force Base, California. Once the 93rd BW became combat ready in March 1956, 53-0005 likely served as a flight training aircraft. This plane remained with the 93rd BW until February 10, 1966 when it was retired from service. By June 1966, all B-52B and RB-52B models were phased out of active service.
On April 28, 1966 this plane was delivered to the Lowry Technical Training Center at Lowry Air Force Base for use as a trainer. In October 1975, the aircraft was removed from active training and used as a static display. With the closure of Lowry Air Force Base



in 1994, 52-0005 was transferred to Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.
RB-52B/52-0005 provides a strong symbol for aviation history and military service, both past and present. Given the long history of the B-52, its current service and projected operation into the future, it reflects the ingenuity and innovation that the aviation industry and U.S. military can offer. Its role as a test and training aircraft represents the history and mission of Lowry Air Force Base.

Specifications
Crew: Six (pilot, copilot, electronic warfare officer, navigator, bombardier and tail gunner)
Length: 156 ft. 7 in.
Wingspan: 185 ft. 0 in.
Height: 48 ft. 4 in.
Empty Weight: 185,000 lbs.
Max. Takeoff Weight: 420,000 lbs.
Max. Speed: 630 mph
Range: 3,600 miles at combat weight of 272,000 lbs.
Service Ceiling: 47,000 ft.
Engines: Eight Pratt & Whitney J57-P-1W turbojets, 10,000 lbs. thrust each
Details
HM NumberHM28WK
Tags
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, June 28th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
Pictures
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 508952 N 4396695
Decimal Degrees39.72008333, -104.89555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 43.205', W 104° 53.733'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 43' 12.3" N, 104° 53' 43.98" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)720, 303
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8221 E Academy Blvd, Denver CO 80230, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. Who or what organization placed the marker?
  10. This marker needs at least one picture.
  11. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  12. Is the marker in the median?