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Youngest B-52 achieves 50 years of service

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 30, 2012
B-52H 61-040 on the flight line at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. It has logged more than 21,500 flight hours. (USAF)

Boeing has celebrated 50 years since it delivered its last B-52 Stratofortress to the US Air Force.

Of 744 B-52s built between 1952 and 1962, H-model 61-040 was assigned to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota where it remains in active service.

61-040 outside the Boeing assembly line in Wichita in 1962. (Boeing)

The USAF currently has 76 H-model B-52s in service, with two test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base and the remaining aircraft at both Minot AFB and Barksdale AFB in Louisiana.

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