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excalibur000 wrote:what does POL mean? Per off and landing?
....there is no end in sight for the iconic war machine. With upgrades slated for between 2013 and 2015, the U.S. Air Force's 30-year forecast envisions a role for the B52 into the 2040s....
...As of April last year, the USAF still had 94 of their original 744 B52s in service, with periodical refurbishments at Air Force maintenance depots.
While Fifties-vintage B52s are no longer in the USAF inventory, those that remain on active duty (a total of 744 were built, counting all models) aren't that much younger.
They're all the H model of the B52, delivered between May 1961 and October 1962, Cnet reports, with the youngest about to celebrate its 50th birthday.
So despite more than half a century of aeronautical innovation, the Pentagon continues to rely on bombers from 50 years ago, as yet unsurpassed in their economy and fearsome effectiveness.
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