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Youngest Air Force B-52 Reaches Half-Century Mark

October 30 2012


The last B-52 Stratofortress bomber to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force is now 50 years old, reports Boeing, the manufacturer.

B-52H 61-040 was assigned to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., when it was delivered on Oct. 26, 1962, says a company release.

Boeing built 744 B-52s, in eight different models, from 1952 to 1962.

The Air Force fleet today comprises 76 H-models -- two test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., with the balance at Minot and Barksdale Air Force...

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