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The Bomber Vector pointed out that USAF’s bomber fleet has never been so small. Today’s fleet of 157 bombers (76 of which are B-52s) is only a tiny fraction of the 1960 bomber fleet of 1,526 aircraft. The Air Force said its bomber fleet is also spoken for many times over, on tap to support many missions all at the same time.
originally posted by: seagull
Giving new meaning to the word "legacy".
But, y'know, if it ain't broken, why fix it?
originally posted by: thebozeian
In all my years I have never seen that much damage from a lightening strike. I'm wondering if there was some failures in properly electrically bonding the structure. Usually damage is limited to fried fasteners or a nice little blast mark from the exit point say 0.5" across at best. Something that bent and smashed the internal rib structure of the stab, that has me beat.