The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress began life at the Boeing Aircraft Corporation in 1946 and was the answer that General Curtis LeMay was looking for: a huge bomber. The B-52 entered service with the USAF in 1955 and is still in active service.
The B-52 had forged a successful career during the Cold War and was on constant alert against a Soviet nuclear threat. The B-52 was bloodied in the Vietnam War of which Operation Rolling Thunder became one of the monumental programmes in USAF history. Also, the B-52 saw action in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Afghanistan.
During her operational career, the B-52 has been refined and revised with a number of improvements to her huge airframe and cockpit. Of a total of 744 that were built, eighty-five of the ‘H’ variant remain in service. Her armament capacity is immense and after sixty years of service and many battle scars later, she remains as the Boeing B-52: Warrior Queen of the USAF.
Jeannette Remak is a military aviation historian, researcher, author and artist. Her books include XB-70 Valkyrie: The Ride to Valhalla, A-12 Blackbird: Declassified, The Archangel and the OXCART – The Dawn of Mach III Reconnaissance, NASA and the Shuttle Shuffle and To Slip the Surly Bonds – NASA, The Shuttle Disasters and the Demise of the U.S. Manned Spaceflight Program. Remak has also written articles for the Atlantic Flyer as well as several articles for the Air Force Association and has a blog page for Phoenix Aviation Research.
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Extent: 224 pages
Illustrations: 47 black-and-white and 32 colour photographs