The B-52s tasked with this mission will fly until at least 2040, representing nearly a century of active duty. The airframes and engines will remain the same, but the birds will be upgraded with new hardware (as well as with the nuclear brawn) to extend their service lives.Now, if I can only find a way to get that sort of upgrade . . . perhaps I can make it to 2040, too.
Landing the Big One
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The B-52 Gets a 21st-Century Upgrade: