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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE -- No one knew that when NASA began flying the first B-52B bomber in June of 1955, that the old lady would still be providing research material into the next century.
With more than 1,000 flights to it's credit, the B-52B mothership of the Dryden Flight Research Center will taxi for the last time after an historical career in aviation development.
A converted bomber, the B-52B soared over the pacific just 32 days ago in the final flight of the X-43A scramjet project.
It's a plane that has seen nearly 70 pilots and co-pilots take the controls over the course of five decades.
"I was priveledged to fly her several times," said former pilot Ed Schneider, "the 008 was a grand lady and fun to fly."
The marking '008' on the tail signified, that NASA's B-52B was the 8th production model to roll off the assembly line.
End of an Era
Originally posted by waynos
It was probably more of a commonality issue with spares as they now have two of the same type I believe. At least 008 is t be preserved, which is nice.