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In January 2014, “a fire … during maintenance caused significant damage to the upper forward crew compartment” of the previous aircraft
The U.S. Air Force is reviewing industry studies of fitting its 50-year-old Boeing B-52 bombers with new commercial-derivative engines, according to Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, commander of the service’s Global Strike Command.
So far, Wilson said Oct. 9 at a Washington meeting, the Air Force assesses that the change would result in a net cost savings over the remaining life of the B-52s, which are expected to fly until 2040.
Wilson did not identify the contractor that made the proposal or whether more than one
originally posted by: intrptr
If the last plane is 040 and theres a 049, maybe its a ruse to hide their actual numbers? I bet the Russians are wondering where the other eight Strato Fortresses are, too.
One thing the US won't mess around with is the b-52 tail numbers on the start treaty.
originally posted by: nelloh62
a reply to: Zaphod58
So, Barksdale confirmed the tail as 61-0049, a number that so far doesn't match to a B-52, as far as we know.
But if they insist it was a B52, the question has to be, was it nuclear capable ?