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New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:43 pm

I was just watching YouTube and there was an ad (not signed by any OEM or anybody) advocating for a new B-52 re-engine program to increase range and orbit time above the battlefield. Had some fairly professional animations.

Who is doing this? Is this some consultant trawling for business? It wasn’t signed by Boeing or anybody.
 
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Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:52 pm

Is it this video? If it is, then obviously it's Boeing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHdIRwKtnig
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Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:11 pm

To the untrained eye, re-engining the B-52 seems like a no brainer...
Especially if you consider the potential gains to be had with current generation engines vs. the museum pieces currently hanging off these wings.

But there's always more than meet the eyes. I can't remember the specifics, but the last discussion on the topic was quite interesting and shed light on the underlying complexity of what seems a fairly straightforward project.

That said, whatever these complexities might be, the exponentially growing costs of maintaining and feeding these gas guzzling noise and smoke generators will eventually justify the effort. Especially if the air force plans on keeping these birds in the air another few decades...
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Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:05 am

Whats the news on this? I heard that there was some consensus that it would be very difficult to re-engine these birds through removing the dual engine pods and replacing a pod with a single engine.

I had head that the leading contenders were the CF/TF-34 (found on the A-10 and larger Embraer series jets) and the Rolls Royce BR-725.
 
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Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:03 pm

washingtonflyer wrote:
Whats the news on this? I heard that there was some consensus that it would be very difficult to re-engine these birds through removing the dual engine pods and replacing a pod with a single engine.

I had head that the leading contenders were the CF/TF-34 (found on the A-10 and larger Embraer series jets) and the Rolls Royce BR-725.



As has been noted in other B52 re-engine threads it is not possible to replace the dual engine pods with a single engine due to not enough rudder control under engine out situations.

BR-725 seems like the most likely choice.
 
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Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:54 am

It's incredible this is becoming a serious business case again. The youngest B52 are 55 yrs old ? Real first gen structure / wing technology. Apparently nothing feasibly can replace the flying gastank economically apart from a new design. It's like reengining a battle ship..

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Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:52 pm

Crazy. The money would be better spent on the B-21 and advanced ICBMs IMO.
 
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Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:01 pm

Slug71 wrote:
Crazy. The money would be better spent on the B-21 and advanced ICBMs IMO.


It depends. If you just want something to haul a ton of stand-off weapons and/or MALD decoys of various flavors the B-52 will do it far more cheaply. It really depends on how much one spends on the capability.

It’s a lot like the A-10 to me. I don’t mind having some around as long as you don’t break the bank doing it. Just don’t look at them as replacements for modern planes.
 
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Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:02 pm

Slug71 wrote:
Crazy. The money would be better spent on the B-21 and advanced ICBMs IMO.


Completely different mission profiles, capabilities and costs.

Same reason we still have B-1's flying when we have the perfectly capable B-2.

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