50 years ago, October 26, 1962, the company «Boeing» passed last USAF bomber B-52 Stratofortress. 61-040 H bomber modification was added to Minot AFB (Piece North Dakota), where he remains in a real service.
From 1952 to 1962, «Boeing» has built 744 B-52 in 8 versions. In the current time in the Air Force including 76 B-52H — two test machines at Edwards AFB (Calif.) and 74 drill machine, based in Minot and Barksdale (Louisiana). All aircraft modifications H were built in Wichita.
Boeing B-52 was the basis of the strategic bomber force for almost 60 years. New engineering analyzes showed that the expected life span of B-52 for the jump in 2040.