B-52 Specifications (B-52H)

B-52 Stratofortress

General characteristics

  • Crew: 5 (pilot, copilot, radar navigator (bombardier), navigator, and Electronic Warfare Officer)
  • Length: 159 ft 4 in (48.5 m)
  • Wingspan: 185 ft 0 in (56.4 m)
  • Height: 40 ft 8 in (12.4 m)
  • Wing area: 4,000 sq ft (370 m)
  • Airfoil: NACA 63A219.3 mod root, NACA 65A209.5 tip
  • Empty weight: 185,000 lb (83,250 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 265,000 lb (120,000 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 488,000 lb (220,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 8 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofans, 17,000 lbf (76 kN) each
  • Fuel capacity: 47,975 U.S. gal (39,948 imp gal; 181,610 L)
  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0119 (estimated)
  • Drag area: 47.60 sq ft (4.42 m)
  • Aspect ratio: 8.56
B-52H profile

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 560 kt (650 mph, 1,000 km/h)
  • Combat radius: 4,480 mi (3,890 NM, 7,210 km)
  • Ferry range: 10,145 mi (8,764 nm, 16,232 km)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 6,270 ft/min. (31.85 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 120 lb/ft (595 kg/m)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.31
  • Lift-to-drag ratio: 21.5 (estimated)
Boeing B-52H static display with weapons, Barksdale AFB 2006

Armament

  • Guns: 1 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon in a remote controlled tail turret now decommissioned and removed from all operational aircraft
  • Bombs: Approximately 70,000 pounds (31,500 kg) mixed ordnance -- bombs, mines, missiles, in various configurations

Avionics

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