US Air Force Reveals The Fate Of The B-52 Bomber
Lisa D. Parker
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress has been a mainstay of the United States Air Force for well over 60 years and going strong. Sure, there are other bombers in the fleet but nothing gets the job done like a B-52. Many people have questioned the future of this gigantic death dealer and whether it will be able to sustain its role. The United States Air Force has finally put those rumors to bed and announced that they are upgrading the B-52 bomber to keep it flying into the 2040s.
“Their structure, service life and airframes are good until around 2040. They are built very strong structurally. This is not a structural modification, but upgrades to the capabilities and the avionics.”
– Eric Single (Chief of the Global Strike Division)
There is nothing wrong with its body, but the soul of the B-52 will receive new avionics to keep it competitive against hostile targets. The upgrades will include weaponry as well as communication systems to link up with other B-52s and escorts to ensure better survivability in combat zones. So if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, because the B-52 will be pushing a century by the time they’re ready to retire for good.