Friday, February 11, 2011

B-52 Stratofortress in Action

The B-52 has been flying and in service since 1954. Only 744 were built, but they have captured the imagination of all aviation fans. Nicknamed "BUFF" Big, Ugly, Fat, Fellow" (polite version), Boeing first built this bomber to carry nuclear bombs against the Soviet Union. Many updates occured over the years and the B-52 gained infamy during the Vietnam war where it was modified to carry 70,000 lbs of bombs (that would take 17 WW2 B-17's to carry that payload).

This In Action book was published in 1992, so it just got in a few paragraphs of the First Gulf war. But that's not really a problem, since all models from A through H are captured in this book.

58 pages with line drawings, B&W photos, excellent captions, 2 pages of color diagrams for modelers and enough narrative to give a good history of Boeing's B-52. All aspects of the plane are covered in detail - weapons carried, modifications made over the years. An excellent book for the price, highly recommended.

B-52 Stratofortress in Action


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