The Air Force’s youngest B-52 Stratofortress will turn 50 years old this October. It’s the subject of a terrific writeup by Tech Sgt. Chris Powell, packed with great detail about the bomber, and also telling in what it doesn’t say: The Air Force’s forthcoming new bomber has enormous shoes to fill.
“I don’t think anyone really knew this was going to be the last B-52 ever made,” said Robert Michel, the 5th Bomb Wing historian. “They expected it to be in service for probably about 20 years, (not close to) a hundred.”