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The $102 Million Bomber that Almost Replaced the B-52

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The $102 Million Bomber that Almost Replaced the B-52

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In 1974, after a long and distinguished service record, the B-52 faced a threat it had never encountered in combat: retirement at the hands of a newer, more advanced model.

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The B-52 Stratofortress is affectionately known as the B.U.F.F., or Big, Ugly, Fat Fellow. Whatever you call it, the B-52 is one imposing beast of a bomber, stretching 159 feet, capable of flying nearly 9,000 miles in a single trip, and able to carry up to 70,000 pounds of weapons at a time. Join us as we crown the Air Force's longest serving heavyweight champ, a global reach aircraft that has, for more than a half a century, led the way in every major U.S. bombing campaign, from Korea to Vietnam to Iraq and beyond.

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