Designer of B-52 plane dies – Times Union

On a Friday in 1948, six aeronautical designers from the Boeing Co. holed up in a hotel suite in Dayton, Ohio. They stayed put until Monday morning, except for the one who left to visit a hobby shop and returned with balsa wood, glue, carving tools and silverĀ paint.

via Designer of B-52 plane dies – Times Union.

That the B-52 is still a key weapon in our arsenal is a testament to its fundamentally sound design.

Of course, today’s B-52 is a lot like George Washington’s hatchet that he used on the cherry tree- they’ve changed the head once, and the handle twice, but it’s the same hatchet!

So many parts have been updated and replaced on the B-52, just about the only original part is the control wheel.

someone's about to get Excedrin headache B-52

1 thought on “Designer of B-52 plane dies – Times Union”

  1. It’s the same basic airframe that LeMay took delivery of back in the 50s. Most of the good stuff is in better engines and electronics. It isn’t the 8 engine smokepole it used to be, and that’s a very good thing.

    It’s Soviet counterpart, the Bear, is still flying as well.

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