Basic Specifications of the B-52H

B-52D plane in 1978
B-52D 56-0612 at March AFB on February 23, 1978. Taken by Brian Lockett.

Specifications

  • Prime Contactor - Boeing Military Airplane Co.

  • Length - 159'4"

  • Wingspan - 185'

  • Height (top of tail) - 40'8"

  • Height (top of fuslage) - 17'6"

  • Tailspan - 52'

  • Empty Weight - about 185,000 pounds

  • Maximum Takeoff Weight - 488,000 pounds (probably more)

  • Fuel Capacity - 48,000 gallons

  • Ceiling - 50,000'

  • Max Speed - Mach 0.86, 650 miles per hour

  • Engines - 8 Pratt & Whitney TF-33-P-3/103

  • Engine Thrust (each engine) - 17,000 pounds

  • Range (unrefuled) - 8,800 miles

  • Cost - $74,000,000.00

  • Inventory - 76 (Active Duty 65, Reserve 11)

  • Crew Positions (6) - all in ejection seats

    • Aircraft Commander
    • Pilot
    • Radar Navigator
    • Navigator
    • Electronic Warfare Officer (ECM)
    • Former Gunner's Position

  • Provisions for Additional Crew Positions (4) - no ejection seats

    • Instructor Pilot
    • Instructor Navigator
    • Instructor Electronic Warfare Officer (ECM)
    • Sling (Behind Instructor Pilot Position)

b52 stratofortress plane

Reunion News

Next Reunion: 2021 B52 Stratofortress Rendezvous & Memorial Dedication

When: Thursday September 9th - Sunday September 12th, 2021

Where: Wright Patterson AFB Dayton, OH