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cspg
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posted 01-31-2010 11:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Balls Eight: History of the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership
by Brian Lockett
It has been asserted that the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress, carrying Air Force serial 52-0008, can lay claim to being the airplane that has seen and participated in more history than any other single airplane. For forty-five years, the NB-52B was a fixture at Edwards Air Force Base. While the NB-52B is most famous for launching the three North American X-15 rocket planes, it continued to serve in the role of launch platform for a multitude of programs until its final mission on November 16, 2004. It was the oldest flying B-52 by nearly ten years. The book is 200 pages long. It contains 246 color photographs, 89 black and white photographs, and 2 other illustrations.
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Brian Lockett; 1st edition (July 9, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0578030004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578030005

Philip
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posted 02-01-2010 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where are those B-52 that were used to drop the X-15 spaceplanes? I remember there were a few B-52 at the Pima Open Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona...

Jurg Bolli
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posted 02-01-2010 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
52-0003 is in Tucson, and I believe it is the actual aircraft, not just painted to look like it.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 02-01-2010 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's correct. The only other X-15 drop aircraft 52-0008 is on static display at Edwards. It was NASA's oldest aircraft but had the lowest hours of any B-52.

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