The famous B-52, more formally known as the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered bomber. The B-52 has been operated by the U.S. Air Force since 1955. It’s capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles without aerial refueling.
The B-52 took its maiden flight in1952. It was built to carry nuclear weapons during the Cold War, but has dropped only conventional bombs in combat situations.
The B-52 is often nicknamed the Buff — as in “Big Ugly Fat Fella.” It’s been in active service with the Air Force since 1955.