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60th Anniversary Of B-52 First Flight

Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:50 am

The B-52 made its first flight on 15 April 1952 with "Tex" Johnston at the controls.

"Flightglobal" had a brief news story about the first flight anniversary. See link below.

"US Air Force to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the B-52"
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/th...s-air-force-to-commemorate-th.html
 
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RE: 60th Anniversary Of B-52 First Flight

Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:10 pm

A lot of historical errors in that Dew Line story.

The B-58s and FB-111s were not B-52 replacements. The B-58 replaced the B-47 as a medium bomber, then it was replaced by the FB-111. Not all FB-111s are rotting away in the desert, some are still in Austraila, as F-111Gs.

The first B-52 in combat was the B-52F, not the B-52D.
 
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RE: 60th Anniversary Of B-52 First Flight

Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:31 pm

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1):
Not all FB-111s are rotting away in the desert, some are still in Austraila, as F-111Gs.

I believe the last Australian F-111's retired at the end of 2010. Not sure how they were stored or about the degree of rot…
 
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RE: 60th Anniversary Of B-52 First Flight

Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:43 am

Quoting rwessel (Reply 2):
I believe the last Australian F-111's retired at the end of 2010. Not sure how they were stored or about the degree of rot…
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...11s-offers-seven-buries-23-365321/

Well... The Australians buried the majority of their F-111 fleet in a landfill near the Australian town of Ipswich.

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