The B-52H remains a key component of the Air Force's Air Combat Command force structure. Its role includes both nuclear and conventional bombing. From high altitude bombing to low altitude penetration, to anti-ship missions, to stand-off theatre nuclear weapons capability. It is the most flexible bomber in the current inventory and the cornerstone of the ACC's conventional force projection capability. The B-52 is capable of dropping or launching a significant array of weapons in the U.S. inventory. This includes gravity bombs, cluster bombs and precision guided missiles.
Aerial refueling gives the B-52 a range limited only by crew endurance. Although the exact figure remains classified, the plane has an unrefueled combat range of greater than 8,800 miles.
Contractor: Boeing Military Airplane Co.
Power Plant: Eight Pratt & Whitney engines TF33-P-3/103 turbofan
Length: 159 feet, 4 inches (48.5 meters)
Speed: 650 miles per hour (Mach 0.86)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 488,000 pounds (219,600 kilograms)
Armament: Approximately 70,000 pounds (31,500 kilograms) mixed ordnance -- bombs, mines and missiles. (Modified to carry air-launched cruise missiles, Harpoon anti-ship and Have Nap missiles.)
Crew: Five (aircraft commander, pilot, radar navigator, navigator and electronic warfare officer) Accommodations: Six ejection seats