B-52G/H Stratofortress, Bomber, Aircraft, USAF photo.
Primary Function:  Strategic heavy bomber.  Contractor:  Boeing Military Airplane Co.; power plant and manufacturer:  Eight Pratt & Whitney engines.  Speed:  650 mph maximum.  Dimensions:  Wingspan 185 ft.; length B-52G, 160 ft. 11 in., B-52 H, 159 ft. 4 in., height 40 ft. 8 in. Range:  Unrefueled--G-model, 7,500 miles; H-model, 8,800 miles.  Armament:  Approximately 70,000 lbs of mixed ordnance--short-range attack missiles, bombs and mines (some modified to carry air-launched cruise missiles and some modified to carry anti-ship missiles); G-model has four .50 caliber machine guns in tail turret; H-model has 20mm Gatling gun.  Crew:  two pilots, navigator, radar navigator and electronic warfare officer.

On 30 March, 1973

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