Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Displays

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Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses of the sixties and seventies Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses of the sixties and seventies.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses of the eighties Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses of the eighties.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress of the nineties Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses of the nineties.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress in the 21st Century Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses in the 21st Century.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses in the BoneyardBoeing B-52 Stratofortresses in the Boneyard.

NB-52A and NB-52B Motherships

NB-52A and NB-52B - X-15 Motherships The fastest airplanes ever flown, the X-15s, were launched from a pair of B-52 Stratofortresses.

X-15 Forty Years Ago: Table of Contents For a more detailed history of the X-15 program, check out the X-15 - Forty Years Ago displays.

NB-52B - Lifting Bodies One of these B-52s, the NB-52B, 52-0008 went on to launch the HL-10, M2-F2/F3 and X-24A/B lifting bodies.

NB-52B - Uninhabited test vehicles After the last flight of the X-24B in 1975, the NB-52B launched 3/8 scale F-15 remotely piloted research vehicles, Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology drones, Drones for Aeroelastic Structures Testing, the parachute recovery system for the Space Shuttle solid fuel boosters, the parachute recovery system for the F-111 crew escape module, and satellites into orbit on Orbital Sciences' Pegasus boosters.

X-38 International Space Station Crew Return Vehicle

1997 - 2000

NB-52B - X-38 Crew Return VehicleThe NB-52B is still operating at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert of California. It is currently used to launch the X-38, a lifting body test vehicle for the International Space Station Crew Return Vehicle (CRV). The CRV will be used to provide a means of returning from the space station to Earth without the need for a Space Shuttle launch.

Sixth Free Flight, November 2, 2000

Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress mothership with X-38 Space Station Lifeboat, November 2, 2000 The NB-52B launched the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle on its sixth free flight on November 2, 2000

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Launch Attempt, June 29, 2001

X-38 Crew Return Vehicle Launch Attempt, June 29 The NB-52B carried the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle aloft on Friday, June 29 in an attempt to launch the seventh mission of the test program.

Seventh Free Flight, July 10, 2001

Seventh X-38 Crew Return Vehicle Launch, July 10, 2001 The NB-52B launched the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle on its seventh mission on Tuesday, July 10, 2001.

X-43A Hyper-X

X-43A Hyper-X The NB-52B is currently launching a series of tests of the 6,000 mile per hour supersonic combustion ramjet test drone called the X-43A Hyper-X.

June 2, 2001, First Free Flight Attempt

X-43A Hyper-X The X-43A Hyper-X supersonic combustion ramjet testbed was launched on its first free flight on Saturday, June 2, 2001.

X-43A Hyper-X demonstrates air-breathing powered flight at mach-7, Saturday, March 27

X-43A Hyper-X flight 2 The second X-43A Hyper-X mission was launched from NASA's NB-52B mothership on Saturday, March 27. It was dropped from the NB-52B about fifty miles from the coast of Southern California. The mission demonstrated the feasibility of air-breathing powered flight at mach-7.

November 16, 2004: X-43A Hyper-X flies a jet engine at Mach 9.6

NASA's NB-52B takes off with the third X-43A Hyper-X The third X-43A Hyper-X demonstrated that an air-breathing engine can propel a vehicle at Mach-10 on the afternoon of November 16, 2004. The Hyper-X flight was conducted out of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.

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November 15-16, 2004: Hyper-X, The long version

Two days at Edwards Air Force Base, November 15-16, 2004 The third X-43A Hyper-X mission did not go off without a hitch. Problems with the GPS or inertial navigation system of the X-43A resulted in a mission abort on Monday. Here is the story of two days at Edwards Air Force Base covering the final X-43A mission.

December 17, 2004: NB-52B Walkaround

NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership Walkaround Take a detailed look at the NB-52B as it appeared at its retirement ceremony. Read the history of the airplane as revealed by the mission marks running along the side of its fuselage. Illustrations are provided to assist in the construction of a model of the NB-52B.

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NB-52 Mission Marks

NB-52 Mission Marks The NB-52A 52-0003 and NB-52B 52-0008 that launched the North American X-15 rocket planes carrried mission marks commemorating each flight. This display illustrates the changes to the mission marks on both of the Stratofortress motherships over the course of their careers.

December 17, 2004: NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership Retirement Ceremony

NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership retirement ceremony NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership was retired in a ceremony at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base on Friday December 17, 2004. The NB-52B has been a fixture at Edwards AFB for forty-nine years.

February 20, 2010: NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership on Display

NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership on Display The Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress mothership 52-0008 has been placed on display outside the north gate of Edwards Air Force Base, off Highway 58 between Mojave and Boron. It is accessible to the public. There is a turn around just before the security post and a parking area adjacent to the NB-52B.

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It has been asserted that the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress, carrying Air Force serial 52-0008, can lay claim to being the airplane that has seen and participated in more history than any other single airplane. For forty-five years, the NB-52B was a fixture at Edwards Air Force Base. While the NB-52B is most famous for launching the three North American X-15 rocket planes, it continued to serve in the role of launch platform for a multitude of programs until its final mission, launching the Mach-10 X-43A Hyper-X, on November 16, 2004. It was the oldest flying B-52 by nearly ten years.

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Balls Eight: History of the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership

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Balls Eight: History of the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership

Balls Eight: History of the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership

Balls Eight: History of the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership

It has been asserted that the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress, carrying Air Force serial 52-0008, can lay claim to being the airplane that has seen and participated in more history than any other single airplane. For forty-five years, the NB-52B was a fixture at Edwards Air Force Base. While the NB-52B is most famous for launching the three North American X-15 rocket planes, it continued to serve in the role of launch platform for a multitude of programs until its final mission on November 16, 2004. It was the oldest flying B-52 by nearly ten years.
The NB-52B launched the three X-15 hypersonic rocket planes.
It launched the Northrop HL-10, Northrop M2-F2/F3, Martin Marietta X-24A and Martin Marietta X-24B lifting bodies.
It simulated the steep, power off approach to landing used by the Space Shuttles.
It assisted in the collection of data about wake turbulence from large aircraft.
It served as an air-to-air gunnery target.
It launched 3/8-scale F-15 Remotely Piloted Research Vehicles (RPRV) and Spin Research Vehicles (SRV).
It launched a Ryan Firebee II drone and the Ryan Firebee based Drones for Aeroelastic Structures Testing (DAST).
It launched the Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology (HiMAT) RPRVs.
It dropped the 48,000-pound Space Shuttle Reusable Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB/DTV).
It released a simulated F-111 crew module from its bomb bay to evaluate new parachute recovery systems.
It was the first airplane to launch a satellite into orbit on the Orbital Sciences Pegasus booster.
It tested the drag chute used to decelerate space shuttle orbiters.
It tested pollution reducing fuel additives with a pair of jet engines mounted under its bomb bay.
It launched the X-38 Space Station Crew Return Vehicles.
It launched the X-43A Hyper-X Supersonic Combustion Ramjets.

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Painting Guide for the Boeing Stratofortress Motherships

Painting Guide for the Boeing Stratofortress Motherships

Painting Guide for the Boeing Stratofortress Motherships

Revell has re-released Monogram's 1/72-scale Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress with X-15A-2 kit. You need this book to help you establish the appropriate paint scheme for any particular NB-52B mission that you want to model.

The book is 96 pages long.

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Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

2017 calendar

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Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

A dozen photos of Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses in flight.

Stratofortresses pictured include:

B-52D 56-0612, March Air Force Base, February 23, 1978;
B-52H 60-0050, Edwards Air Force Base, November 9, 1986, October 9, 1999, September 16, 2009;
B-52G 58-0183, Saline Valley, October 25, 1989;
B-52G 57-6519, Edwards Air Force Base, October 29, 1989;
B-52G 59-2565, Castle Air Force Base, September 17, 1992;
B-52H 60-0008, Nellis Air Force Base, April 25, 1997;
B-52H 61-0023, Nellis Air Force Base, February 1, 2002;
NASA NB-52B 52-0008/X-43A Hyper-X, Edwards Air Force Base, November 16, 2004;
B-52H 60-0026, Naval Air Station Pt Mugu, March 29, 2007;
and Rockwell B-1B Lancer 85-0068, Edwards Air Force Base, October 9, 1999

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Boeing B-52G Stratofortresses
of the 93rd Bomb Wing
at Castle Air Force Base

2017 calendar

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Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Boeing B-52G Stratofortresses of the 93rd Bomb Wing at Castle Air Force Base

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Boeing B-52G Stratofortresses of the 93rd Bomb Wing at Castle Air Force Base

A dozen photos of Boeing B-52G Stratofortresses of the 93rd Bomb Wing flying at Castle Air Force Base in 1992 and 1993. Stratofortresses pictured include:

B-52G 57-6473
B-52G 58-0214
B-52G 58-0258
B-52G 59-2565
B-52G 59-5888

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Balls Eight: Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership

2017 calendar

You can buy a 2017 calendar featuring photographs of the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership that launched the X-15s in the 1960s and continued launching research vehicles until 2004.

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Balls Eight: Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Balls Eight: Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership

It has been asserted that the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress, carrying Air Force serial 52-0008, can lay claim to being the airplane that has seen and participated in more history than any other single airplane. This calendar features a dozen pictures of the NB-52B carrying some of the research vehicles that it launched over the years. Photo sources: Air Force, NASA, Richard Lockett, Brian Lockett:

North American X-15-1, 1960
North American X-15-3, 1963
North American X-15A-2, 1967
Northrop HL-10, 1969
Martin-Mariettta X-24A, 1970
Northrop M2-F3, 1972
Martin-Mariettta X-24B, 1973
Orbital Sciences Pegasus, 1989
Supersonic Supercruise, 1995
X-38 V-131R, 2000
X-43A Hyper-X, 2004

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