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Questions tagged [b-52]

An eight-engine jet bomber produced by Boeing from 1952 until 1962, and still in service today.

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Why B-52 was not re-engined as a more efficient 4-engine? [duplicate]

Why B-52 was not re-engined as a more efficient (also for maintenance) 4-engine but is still an 8-engine aircraft? In history, almost all others models were re-engined with new engines also quite ...
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Why does the B-52 have such a tiny rudder?

The B-52 (aka Stratofortress, aka Grey Lady, aka BUFF) has a minuscule rudder for an aircraft of its size and wing-mounted engine placement: Compare to, for instance, the rudder on a 747: The B-52’s ...
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Why B-52 engines produce lots of smoke only during take-off? [duplicate]

During the flight it seems there is no smoke, it's only during takeoff. Here is an example This question explains that smoke is caused by unburnt fuel but why is ...
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Is it possible to power a B-52 bomber with four bypass turbofan engines?

Is it possible to power the B-52 Bomber with 4 bypass turbofan engines instead of the eight in its current configuration? They would have less noise and be a lot more fuel efficient.
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Why does the B-52 outboard engine nacelle have a sharp change in shape?

The outboard engine nacelle of a B-52 appears to have a change of shape too extreme for just blending to the center-line of the engine pod. Why is the B-52 outboard engine nacelle shaped the way it is?...
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What is this plane seen in Mobile, Alabama?

This was taken at the USS Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. It is probably a US Navy aircraft.
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Why does the B-52 take off without rotating?

In the answer to this question it is noted that the B-52 takes off without rotating and climbs out in a nose-down attitude. Why was it designed this way?
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Why/How is the B-52 still in service?

The B-52 was introduced in 1955, and is still used by the US Airforce, and is expected to remain in use till the 2040s. On the other hand, the A-4 Skyhawk was introduced in 1956 and retired in 1998/...