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An oxygen leak coupled with a spark ended 61-0049's life in an intense cockpit fire while on the ground at Barksdale AFB last year.
"This particular one was to replace aircraft 0049, which unfortunately had a ground maintenance fire that made it unrepairable," he said. "We had an oxygen leak with a spark and it caused a cockpit fire. There was so much damage it was actually more economical to bring this one out of the desert than it was to repair 0049. And there was doubt about the structural integrity, with the fire there inside the cockpit, to rebuild 0049. That's why we brought this out, to keep our Strategic Arms Reduction numbers of 76 (B-52s) constant."
Quoting sovietjet (Reply 5): Which airframe is damaged at Barksdale? I'm hearing 60-0049 was the damaged tail number. Suffered an oxygen leak in the crew compartment that started a fire
originally posted by: Zaphod58
There were a total of 744 B-52s built. The last aircraft delivered is 61-0040. Now tail numbers are sequential. So if 1040 was 744 of 744 how was 1049 destroyed in a ramp fire?
So i think that Rogoway just mistyped the serial.
I asked him about it before i told zaph about this and he said he just sourced the air force article about it.
It's been confirmed by Barksdale that it was 1049.