B-52 Bombers Are Expected To Keep Flying Into the 2050s



America's fleet of B-52 bombers, made by Boeing to be the U.S. Air Force’s workhorse, first took to the skies in 1954, and they continue to fly today. Last year, the Air Force invited bids to supply 608 new engines to revamp the B-52 fleet, which can carry nuclear weapons, fly at 650mph, and only cost around $6 million per plane at the time they were built. The decision came after Pentagon chiefs concluded that the threat from beefed-up military in China and Russia meant long-range bombers were back in demand as a way of displaying America's military reach. While the bomber fleet will also be expanded with new B-21 bombers, other alternatives didn’t work out and prolonging the life of the B-52 became the most attractive option. The revamp means that the aircraft are expected to remain in service until at least 2050.