Published on 14 Dec 2014 | over 2 years ago

A US B-52 Stratofortress jet bomber, Carpet bombing a uninhabited island used as target with 45 M117s bombs during an exercises.

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress ( English for " stratosphere fortress "; usually only B52) is a heavy eight-pointed long-range bombers of the US Air Force . The letter "B" in the name stands for bombers .

Source of the video: Department of defense

The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing developed the B-52 end of the 1940s as nuclear weapons carriers , their first flight took place on 15 April 1952. In the 1950s, she took over the Strategic Air Command , the role of the B-36 Peacemaker and the B-47 Stratojet as the cornerstone of the US nuclear deterrent in the sign of the Cold War against the Soviet Union . As a result, the B-52 was developed for far the most versatile and durable bombers of the US Air Force. While the project initially was threatened several times and Boeing have changed the design at the last minute, testing and production of the B-52 went almost without a hitch.

The B-52 came in a variety of conventional flicts. In the Vietnam War , it was for carpet bombing used from low and high altitude, served as a launching pad for cruise missiles in the Second Gulf War in 1991 and Kosovo War in 1999 and for laying mines . Most recently, she was from 2001 in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003 to Erdkampfunterst├╝tzung and used for precision bombing. In 2006, 94 of the 744 were built Stratofortress (stratosphere fortress or in pilot lingo: BUFF for Big Ugly Fat Fellow / Fucker) in its latest version B-52H in use. The bomber will remain in service until about 2040 and would thus be in addition to the Soviet TU-95 combat aircraft with the longest operating time in history.

The M117 is an American multi-purpose unguided free-fall bombs . It was the first time in 1950, Korean War used. Although the nominal weight of the M117-bomb is 343 kilograms specified, it depends on the version and can be up to 373 kilograms. The weight of her explosive 183 kilograms. Your explosives Tritonal . To bomb at low altitude, it can be equipped with delay sets. [1]

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