Movie Monday – February 23 – Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

Happy Monday everyone! This week’s movie tracks the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and its evolving role over the last half century from high-altitude strategic bomber of the 1960s to low-level tactical bomber of the 1970s. What’s missing from this documentary is the B-52′s significant role in advancing the cause of aeronautics as a flying testbed and drop ship for numerous technology demonstrators, though the examination of its military applications are important for understanding the context for its long survival as an operational bomber aircraft.

2 Responses to Movie Monday – February 23 – Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

  1. airplanejim February 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    Excuse me Jon but what is significant about being the drop plane for numerous experimental flights. That roll isn’t significant for the B-29 and shouldn’t be anything but a sidelight for Buffy. Not being mentioned is like being upset that the scrub nurse wasn’t mentioned in the story on Dr. DeBakey first heart bypass. The B-52 was chosen because it was the biggest thing we had that didn’t have to be modified extensively in order to do the mission.

  2. 7K7 February 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    Nuclear bomb labeled “Explosive” ..bit of an understatement isn’t it? :-D