Boeing RB-52B 'Stratofortress'

  Base model:B-52
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-Present
  Basic role:Bomber
  Modified Mission:Reconnaissance

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Known serial numbers
52-0004 / 52-0006, 52-0007 / 52-0013, 52-8710 / 52-8715, 52-8716, 53-0366 / 53-0372, 53-0377 / 53-0379

Examples of this type may be found at
Strategic Air Command MuseumAshlandNebraska
Wings Over The Rockies Aviation & Space MuseumDenverColorado

RB-52B on display

Strategic Air Command Museum

Wings Over The Rockies Aviation & Space Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Clifton Whitehurst
 Fort Worth, TX
I beleive this is one of the old b52`s I found and explored when I was TDY to Edwards AFB in the 80`s. An owl had a nest in it and scared the S..t out of me when I first went in.
04/25/2011 @ 10:05 [ref: 37560]
 Leo Balsor
 Douglasville, GA
The B52 is a great plane, but I'm wondering if Brian Peterson has the nerve to contact me to discuss this.
09/16/2010 @ 18:28 [ref: 30146]
 Doug Allen
 Yucaipa, CA
A recent (1/15/2010) trip to Edwards AFB, CA netted these photos of RB-52B 53-0379. It is sitting abandoned on the southwest edge of Rogers dry lake.
01/19/2010 @ 15:25 [ref: 25598]
 mineola, TX
I love the B-52 stratofortress! One of the best SAC bombers of all time,but I thought that they removed the tail turret off the B-52?
01/29/2008 @ 16:50 [ref: 19463]
 Ronald Jeter
 Lone Oak, TX
I worked B52s at Kirtland AFB 1960-1964 I think that RB52-0013 is on display at Sandia Corp formerly Sandia Army base in Albuquerque New Mexico Does anyone know what happened to 52-620
10/31/2005 @ 00:31 [ref: 11617]
 Gary Giesecke
 Bellingham, WA
Regarding tail armament of B-52, the most detailed information I could find shows:

Early RB-52B (52-004 to 008) were delivered with quad .50 cal guns with the A3A control systems.

Problems with the A3A prompted a trial of the twin 20mm with the md-5 fire control delivered in 52-009.

The next 4 (52-010 to 013) were delivered with the original .50 cal / A3A combination.

The twin 20mm / MD-5 combination was adopted as "standard" and delivered with 52-8710 to 8716 and 53-0366 to 0384.

The 20mm combination was found to be no better than the quad .50 mount, and hopes for an "improved A3A" led to a reversion to the quad .50 guns in 53-0385 to 53-0391.

In other words, the "B" aircraft came in a variety of tail mounts, with both quad .50 and twin 20mm well represented.

sincerely, Gary Giesecke

06/04/2005 @ 17:05 [ref: 10392]
 Brian Peterson
 , PA
All models prior to the B-52C had twin 20mm guns. The B-52C had the first turret with 4 .50 caliber machine guns. It was the A-3A Fire Control System. Replaced with the MD-9 in the D's, E's and F's. The G's had AN/ASG-15 improved FCS and the H's had the new and improved AN/ASG-21 with a 6 barrel 20mm cannon.
07/16/2003 @ 21:01 [ref: 6582]
 Bill Blackburn
 , CA
Apparently the RB-52B had a B-47 type tail turret with two 20mm cannon. Does anyone know why?
10/28/2002 @ 00:10 [ref: 5973]
 Michael Kane
 auburn, AL
I'm a student working on a history database of all B-52s.
anyone with any info that could help, please contact me.

11/30/2000 @ 01:57 [ref: 1115]


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