The USAF Strategic Air Command had B-52 Stratofortresses in service from 1955 through 1991, when the aircraft were assigned to the Air Combat Command.
Crew: 5 (Pilot, Copilot, Radar Navigator (Bombardier), Navigator and Electronic Warfare Officer). Originally the B-52 had a crew of 6, with a Gunner sitting in the tail in all models up to the G. In the B-52 G/H, the Gunner position was moved to the front cockpit, with the gun remotely controlled.
Length: 159 ft 4 in (48.5 m)
Wingspan: 185 ft 0 in (56.4 m)
Height: 40 ft 8 in (12.4 m)
Wing area: 4,000 ft� (370 m�)
Airfoil: NACA 63A219.3 mod root, NACA 65A209.5 tip
Empty weight: 185,000 lb (83,250 kg)
Loaded weight: 265,000 lb (120,000 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 488,000 lb (220,000 kg)
Fuel capacity: 47,975 US gal (181,725 L)
Powerplant: 8� Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofans
Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0119 (estimated)
Drag area: 47.60 ft� (4.42 m�)
Maximum speed: 560 knots (650 mph, 1,000 km/h)
Combat radius: 4,480 mi (3,890 nm, 7,210 km)
Ferry range: 11,000 mi (8,099 nm, 15,000 km)
Service ceiling: 55,773 ft (17,000 m)
Rate of climb: 6270 ft/min (m/s)
Wing loading: 30 lb/ft� (150 kg/m�)
Lift-to-drag ratio: 21.5 (estimated)
Guns: All models up to the H had a pod of four .50-caliber guns which could be loaded with armor-piercing/incendiary ammunition. The H model had one 6-barrel 20-mm Vulcan gatling cannon. The tail guns have now been removed on all operating B-52s.
Ordnance: up to 60,000 lb (27,200 kg) bombs, missiles, and mines, in various configurations
The History of B-52 Stratofortress