Photos of Boeing Aircrafts

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Boeing today marks 50 years since the company delivered its last B-52 Stratofortress to the U.S. Air Force. H-model bomber 61-040 was assigned to Minot Air Force Base N.D. where it remains in active service. Boeing built 744 B-52s in eight different models from 1952 to 1962. The Air Force fleet today comprises 76 H-models — two test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base Calif. and 74 operational aircraft that are assigned to Minot and to Barksdale Air Force Base La. All the H-models were built in Wichita. The Boeing B-52 has been the backbone of the United States’ manned strategic bomber force for nearly 60 years. Modern engineering analyses show the B-52’s expected life span extending beyond 2040.