What's the deal with the B-52?

What's the deal with the B-52? They came up with this thing in the 50's and it's essentially the only workhorse strategic bomber we have and continue to operate. They plan to use these things until 2045 (almost 100 year service length for an aircraft) but we don't make them anymore and the youngest one is over 50 years old.

They start these fuckers with explosions and most people flying them and servicing them are generations removed from the initial production. This is this the closet shit to 40k tech cult shit I've ever seen.

What do we even do when these get shot down in a shooting war? They're fucking irreplaceable yet they continue to do wacky shit with them like daisy chaining them across the ocean to bomb inconsequential shit for giggles.

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    much smarter and more militarily experienced people than you have determined there's nothing to worry about

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it justwerks, simple as

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They are replacing the engines with 8 modern turbofans nicked from business jets. Replacing the engines with larger more efficient engines from airliners wasn't really an option because that would have required re-designing entire tail section of plane. B-52 has pretty massive tail, but absolutely tiny rudder, so they also use thrust control as control method in cases of emergency.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The B-52 the greatest capability to deliver stand-off munitions as well as a higher readiness than contemparies by its very design.
    >Why haven't they replaced it?
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I imagine the USAF has done some modelling of what it would cost to create a modern B-52 replacement and found that just keeping the B-52 was just more cost effective.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Probably should add that the design is less maintenance heavy because variable sweep (B-1) and stealth components (B-2) can be a great difficulty to maintain

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Both B-2's and B-1B's will be retired before B-52's under current plans. Basically B-21 will replace both of those and they plan to keep that production line running long term so it might be replacement for B-52's as well, unless they get new ideas in next couple decades.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The 1st and 2nd gen guys' uniforms look so much better, what the fuck was USAF thinking? Or is he just wearing a dumb looking variant?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Side guys are wearing service dress while center guy is wearing mess dress. At least that is the guess I'm taking from leaf dress equivalents.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Yeah, it definitely gave off officer style dinner dress whites with mini-medals vibes (former USN fag here) so your assessment mayjyhtjr be correct.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Last sentence is bullshit. Consider the a-10. It costs money to keep around. It would make sense to retire it and use the extra money to make something more modern. But congress won't allow it.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's a relic of the days when the US needed massive strategic bomber fleets to deliver nuclear weapons. There's no need to make a new one because those days are long gone, so we can make do with a smaller fleet of more sophisticated stealth bombers and obviously ballistic missiles. But they're kept around because even old and outmoded for what they were designed for, they're still supremely effective bomb carriers for when you don't need to worry about SAM or fighter cover, or cruise missile carriers for when you do.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I grew up near Barksdale AFB. on drill days they always came back in a bunched formation and flew over the base before peeling off and landing, and they literally darkened the sky from horizon to horizon. sad to think there's only 50 or so still flying, but otoh it's nice not having to do duck and cover drills every other thursday.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >What do we even do when these get shot down in a shooting war?
    have enough left over to tide you until 2045, presumably

    north vietnam shot down a bunch of them

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    there hasnt been any big tech breakthrough for strategic bombers so replacing it is a waste of money
    its job is to carry a metric fuckton of long range missiles and it does it very well

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Man, I want a DCS simulator game all about B-52's

    They've served in like every major conflict since Vietnam so you can have so many cool scenarios to fly across the last hundred years. Including spooky what-ifs like doing the grand tour turning the USSR to glass until you get shot down or run out of fuel.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The Slim Pickens bomb run would be an awesome mission to see from the cockpit's (and pilot, at the end of it) perspective.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My buddy flies a buff and all his squadron mates cosplay as f16s in dcs funnily enough

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A large number of B-52s were retired early due to either START or SALT, I'm not going to bother checking which. Those airframes are literally just sitting around accumulating no flight hours and waiting to be reactivated or used for spare parts to keep the active fleet flying.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Didn' the airframes get irreparably damaged as one of the clauses of the treaty ?

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    unrelated but I always liked the sheer scale these things operate on. Precision is for nerds, let's flatten some fucking cities

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >The road and the village for scale

      Jesus, you hear about bombing but actually seeing just how many miles a single run can effect...

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      they don't drop bombs like that anymore, these days every bomb they drop is guided or it's a cruise missile

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The spread would be even more erection-inducing, if every single bomb of the loadout has a JDAM tail package.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I mean Russia operates Tu-95s and China fucking Tu-16s so I think we’re fine.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'd guess its cheaper to fly than the fancy stealth bombers

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >What's the deal with the M2? They com up with it in the 20's and it's essentially the only workhorse HMG we have and contuse to operate.
    Why is OP such a gay?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The difference is, M2s are still being made.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Shit works.

    Of course, we aren't going to be using it against modern IADS, but there are a lot of people in the world who don't have modern IADS, who we still want to bomb.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      thats the neat part, it would just carry 20 JASSMs and drop them outside of standoff distance

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    We have reached the civilizational peak and entered the slow decline. That's why you see jet aircrafts being replaced by propellers, the civil infrastructure stopped being expanded and properly maintained and no more skyscrapers being build in the west. It seemed perfectly reasonable to late Romans to give up on "uneconomical" stuff their forefathers build.

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