B-52 Stratofortress (2002, Documentary)

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Published on Aug 7, 2020

For nearly half a century one bomber has dominated the skies. During those fifty years it has delivered more conventional bombs than any other aircraft. With a maximum speed of 1,046 kmh (650 mph), a range of more than 14,080 km (8,800 miles), and capable of dropping a massive 32,000 kg (70,000 lbs.) of bombs, it is the most lethal bomber in the world. It can also deliver free-fall nuclear bombs, cruise missiles and precision weapons. When the United States' President wants to wield his 'big stick' he sends in the B-52s. It has flown for nearly fifty years, and is projected to remain in service until 2045. BATTLE STATIONS goes from the Ohio hotel where the B-52 was first conceived to the skies over Afghanistan and interviews military planners, pilots, crewmembers and aviation experts to chronicle the history of this extraordinary plane. Revisit the decades when a fleet B-52s remained aloft 24 hours a day, armed with nuclear warheads and just two hours away from the Soviet Union, as a key component of America's Cold War deterrence strategy. Fly in missions from Vietnam, when the Stratofortress was first exposed to fire from surface-to-air missiles, to the Gulf War and beyond, and tour the cockpit with the men who have piloted the B-52 through the years.This is a fascinating look at the aircraft that is arguably the most important and successful warplane ever made.

Alexander IV History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb
Extended interview with John Yuill (B-52 Pilot) 45:03 - 56:11

"Sky Watch" Film Tribute to Strategic Air Command 56:11 - 1:06:06


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