1.The B-52’s first flight was April 15, 1952 – over 63 years ago
2. The B-52 was designed to carry nuclear weapons during the Cold War, but it has only carried conventional ordnance in combat.
3. There were huge leaps in aviation happening when the B-52 was being designed, and it went through 6 major redesigns during the 5 year design period. The YB-52 pictured below was the second-to-last major redesign
4 B-52A was used to carry the North American X-15. The X-15 achieved the record for fastest manned powered aircraft, with a speed of Mach 6.72.
5.There have been 744 B-52s built, but currently there are only 85 in active service, with 9 in reserve
6.The B-52 can carry up to 70,000 pounds of ordnance, or the equivalent of 30 fully-loaded Cessna 172s
7.Production ended in 1962, which means the youngest B-52 is 53 years old.