Plans for the B-52 began as early as 1945, but the first flight of a B52D was not until June 4, 1956. The operational life of the B-52 spans the period from 1957 to the present, and included the most critical phase of the war in Vietnam.
The Aircraft you see here was among 170 B52Ds manufactured by Boeing Airplane Company, and was equipped exclusively for long-range bombing missions. "Calamity Jane," as she is called, has been demilitarized, but remains in the night camouflage used during Vietnam Operations.
Permanent loan from the U.S. Air Force
Accommodation: Crew of six
Gross Weight : 450,000 LB
Wing Span: 185 ft.
Length: 157 ft. 7 in.
Height with Fin Vertical: 48 ft. 3 in.
Total fuel capacity: 41,700 gal.
Armament Capacity: 84 500 lb. bombs in bomb bay
13 750 lb. bombs under each wing
Maximum speed Approx., 660mph at 20,000 ft
Service Ceiling: 65,000 ft.
Range: 10,000 miles