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 silver paint.
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.