A B-52 Stratofortress landed safely on Wednesday after an engine “dropped out” over an unpopulated area of North Dakota, Defense News reports, holy shit.
Watching 16 tons of explosives fall on this tiny little island is awe-inspiring—unless you are some animal living in that island, that is. Then it's pretty terrible. Sometimes it surprises me how something as horrible as this raw destruction power fascinates humans so much.
The B-52 bomber is one the US Air Force's most iconic airplanes—but it's also beginning to show its age. Now, Boeing has decided to bring it right up-to-date, though, with its new Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT).
The B-52 Stratofortress can carry up to 30,000 pounds of weapons, including—most importantly!—nukes. And it can carry them virtually all around the planet, designed to start (or retaliate) nuclear warfare. Here's a look at armageddon, in night vision.
Despite their age—they have been flying since the 1950s—the B-52 Stratofortress is still the backbone of the US Air Force's strategic bombing force. These jet-powered beasts can deliver up to 70,000 pounds of weapons to any target around the globe. That includes nuclear weapons, of course.
Remember that insane low pass flyby for that B-52 Stratofortress next to the carrier USS Ranger. Gizmodo Reader and retired US Air Force master sergeant has sent us the look from the ship. It's pretty bloody stunning:
I thought this was the craziest low pass flyby ever, but obviously I was mistaken. After all, what you're seeing here is not a small fighter jet but a B-52 Stratofortress almost kissing the sea while flying by USS Ranger aircraft carrier.
If you stack every single dollar bill in Apple's $97 billion cash reserves, you would reach 6,583 miles into space. That's about 32 times the altitude of the International Space Station. It would look pretty much like this.
The legend started with the mighty Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, and ends—for now—in the B-52 Stratofortress. 50 Years of beautiful destruction on two wings flying together in a rare picture. [FlightGlobal]
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